Key Mistakes Wise People Never Repeat
By Sandy Schroeder
Mistakes are tricky. Some of us run from them. Others freely admit them, and learn from them. Everyone makes a few mistakes, but the big trick is to learn from them, and then make sure we do not repeat them.
Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, a service agency that many Fortune 500 companies use, took a look at the issue of mistakes and highlighted the ones that we should never do twice.
Winging everything – Surging forward at work or at home without a budget can be a frightening experience. Most of us know we sleep a lot better at night when we balance our budget as we go. If you are still guessing on some things and hoping it will work out, take the time to sit down and figure it all out. When you know where you are, everything works so much better.
Expecting instant answers – We live in an instant world, which makes it easy to assume everything we do should happen quickly and easily. But if we think about it, most of the best work takes time and a fair amount of effort. Accepting that approach and making the effort can pay off in the long run.
Faking it – Attempting to be something other than who we are can have devastating consequences. Either way we lose. If it works, we may be waiting for someone to discover what happened. If it is spotted, it can be totally upsetting and undermine any future attempts. It’s always est to figure out who you are and work with what you have. Sometimes that can be pretty amazing.
Failing to keep a perspective – It’s fun to dive into a project and just push forward. But we all need to set goals and evaluate progress. That’s the way to make corrections when needed. If you are working with a group, those reviews help to keep everybody on target, too.
Skipping prep – Once in a great, it’s possible to pull off a project without doing the homework. However, usually shortcuts quickly turn into disasters. Spending the time to do the preparation really is the best way to create a winning project. We learn as we work, and our efforts are usually rewarded.
Learning from our mistakes can be totally rewarding when we build on each one.
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