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Learning From Your Mistakes - Motivational Video
How to Learn From Your Mistakes
Think back to the last mistake that you made at work. Even if it was a minor one, like spilling coffee on a document seconds before you were due to present it, you'll likely have felt a rush of panic and then had the inconvenience of putting things right. No one is immune to making mistakes — we are human, after all! But if we simply apologize and carry on as before, we're in danger of repeating the same errors. When we don't learn from our mistakes, we inflict unnecessary stress on ourselves and on others, and we risk losing people's confidence and trust in us. In this article, we look at how to ensure that we take those lessons on board, and then use what we learn. Here are five steps to help you to learn from your mistakes, and to put what you discover into practice.
Memory in Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil
As soon as you start blaming other people or the universe itself you distance yourself from any possible lesson. Admission of a mistake, even if only privately to yourself, makes learning possible by moving the focus away from blame assignment and towards understanding. Wise people admit their mistakes easily. They know progress accelerates when they do. This advice runs counter to the cultural assumptions we have about mistakes and failure, namely that they are shameful things. The larger your ambitions, the more dependent you will be on your ability to overcome and learn from your mistakes. But for many reasons admitting mistakes is difficult.