Sometimes we have to be reminded of our own core beliefs, and today was one of those days. My friend and co-worker had to remind me that sometimes mistakes are simply opportunities for training, and she told me a story about a new worker in another field making a mistake that had cost his company over $10K. When this unfortunate newbie confronted his boss about it he was prepared to be fired. Instead, his boss remarked that there was no way he was going to fire this person now, seeing how he had just spent over $10K for training!
And that’s what mistakes are – training opportunities. But when we’re in the thick of it, while we’re mired in the recovery efforts and damage control, we often forget that mistakes are learning opportunities. Yes, it’s clichéd, but the only alternative is to rant and scream and raise our blood pressure and, in the end, we really don’t accomplish anything other than to draw more attention to our mistake and create an environment where everyone is afraid to try, afraid to offer new ideas or solutions. And if we create that kind of environment then we’ll end up losing a lot more than $10K. So, to my co-worker, I offer a thank you – sometimes being close to mistakes makes us forget the things we’ve been preaching for so very long.