Why You Shouldn’t be Afraid of Making Mistakes
We live in a world where people are obsessed with success. Things we say and do are quickly scrutinized. People love to put labels and are the first ones to point out the moment you commit a mistake — intentionally or unintentionally.
It is intriguing how making mistakes and failing is ridiculed and put to judgment. People forget that success comes from doing and things often go wrong when you’re doing them for the first time.
“The more successful you are, the more mistakes you will make. People who don’t do anything, don’t make mistakes.” — Robert Anthony
In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with making mistakes and failing. But I’ll tell you why people get so defensive when it comes to their mistakes or something they’ve faltered at:
- Fear of embarrassment
- Fear of being considered less competent
- Fear of being mocked at
What’s important is to be brave enough to make mistakes, own them, rectify them, and learn your lesson out of them. George Bernard Shaw summed it up beautifully,
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
If you are someone who isn’t afraid of making mistakes, below are some pointers that might motivate you to keep trying and level up as an individual.
- Mistakes make you more knowledgeable
Mistakes are a great way to learn and unlearn certain things. In fact, you get to learn the best of the life lessons while making some of the silly mistakes.
When you commit a mistake, it means that there is a right way to do that thing. If you are committed to achieve it, you would go out on a limb to make it happen.
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That’s when you ask questions, seek assistance from others and educate yourself. The entire process makes you more knowledgeable and a good learner — the two things that will take you far in life.
2. Mistakes make you more brave and courageous
Just the word ‘mistake’ is capable of striking fear in a lot of people’s minds when it really shouldn’t. It makes them anxious, indecisive, and at times, overwhelmed too.
However, in reality, when something goes wrong or unexpected, you look for alternatives and new approaches than cribbing or complaining.
Not many people have the courage to attempt new things and push the envelope. Trying out new things give you the strength to be open to new ways of working and do something that others won’t.
3. Mistakes help you discover your style
Each one of us has a pattern or a style of doing things. It won’t be wrong to say that this pattern or style is always changing and evolving.
For all those who think that they don’t have any specific way of working, you have one — it’s just that you don’t know about it yet. I have realized that mistakes play an instrumental role in helping us discover our style.
If you are making a little too many mistakes, see if you need to make any changes in your style of working. Sometimes trying a new approach could take your overall efficiency a notch higher.
4. Mistakes teach you to live a life without any regrets
It’s not a nice feeling to be regretful about something you always wanted to do but you played it safe and that bothers you even today. Believe it or not, the habit of playing it safe isn’t going to get you far and will give you more regrets than rewards.
Always remember that you are going to regret the choices you didn’t make than the ones you did. I’m sure each one of you would be able to relate to the words of Brittany Renée, “I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.”
5. Mistakes help you grow and evolve
Most of us are stuck in the area between the paralyzing side of the fear of making mistakes and gathering the courage to give it a shot. I say make those mistakes even with your hands trembling, voice shaking, and heart beating at astounding speeds.
Even if you don’t come victorious out of it, but you will come up as a better and evolved human being. Mistakes are, indeed, a great way to grow and flourish as an individual.
“Mistakes come from doing, but so does success.” –Coach John Wooden
Over to you
Instead of feeling embarrassed for your mistakes, it’s time to celebrate and learn from them. Anyone who has become great or successful, owe their success to their mistakes. For instance, Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players of all times said, “I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
It’s time to change our perspective and celebrate our mistakes than running away from them.
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click.