We most certainly learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. Having made more than my fair share, I can tell you that those are the learnings and experiences that make you a better leader, better manager, better mentor and a better person.
No one is successful without failure. The inventor Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” If you learn from your mistakes then you did not fail. You learned.
Are you Failing or Being a Failure?
If you do not fail, it means that you are not taking enough risks. If you are not taking enough risks, why not? Are you afraid that you will not get that 2% salary increase at your annual review? Do you not trust your manager? Does the company you are working for punish risk takers? How can you possibly get better with all of these restraining forces?
Go ahead, take a risk. Make a mistake. Learn from it. Share it with others so they don’t make the same one.
And now crank up the volume and enjoy this fine tune from 10CC. Enjoy the weekend.