Admitting Your Mistakes
If there is one thing that I’ve learned over the years, it’s about admitting mistakes. It’s so interesting to me that this can be one of the hardest things to do. Admitting your mistake fights your egotistical instincts, pulls at low self-esteem issues and makes you want to hide behind a lie out of fear. Admitting your mistake, is overcoming a lot of emotions isn’t it? (There’s a great article about how to admit your mistakes by Lifehacker.org here)
Some mistakes however, when we let go, seem to make the best outcomes. I’ve made lots of mistakes over the years. I heard a great quote however … “It’s never really a mistake if you learn from it”.
I like mistakes. Mistakes mean that you are trying something new, learning something new. Mistakes mean you’re growing. Mistakes, if we let them, always lead us to something better. Always.
Sometimes we are our own worst critic and mistakes may not really be mistakes as we see them. I run a social media company … the other day I wasn’t paying attention to LinkedIn and using their mobile app. I ended up sending out 1200 generic LinkedIn invitations. 1200. Do you know how much of a mistake that was for me / my company? Do you know how many of those email addresses were people I really never wanted to connect with? How many are spam accounts? oiy…. This little mistake was actually pretty freeing. Out of the 1200 emails, I only received about 10 connections from it. Some people I didn’t know … but I look at it as new opportunities on any level.
In my particular case of the LinkedIn invitations … that mistake can be pretty freeing. It’s not going to happen again. It happened, I lost no business, I gained some new contacts and you know what … it makes for a great blog post that people can relate too. No one is perfect… and I mistakenly thought I could be. I’m not and that’s pretty freeing…
I’ll end this post with a great example of a mistake that I found incredibly public … and publicly handled.
In San Diego on July 4th in 2012, the fireworks show had a major malfunction. The mistake ended up lighting all fireworks off at the same time instead of at their specified times in the show. This resulted in 16.5 minutes of firework displays all going off at the same time within 30 seconds. The result? Take a look at the video here:
If you watched the whole thing … did you hear the people’s comments? How much do you want to bet that the firework company owners had the worst 30 seconds of their career right then?
I think they handled it fairly well by watching this press conference. What do you think?
Cheers to mistakes!