“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, strong enough to correct them and smart enough to profit from them.” – John C Maxwell
How much of your time and energy is used living in the past, concentrating on the mistakes you have made, how you could have done it differently and how different the outcome could have been?
Newsflash, we all make mistakes. However, the difference between success (joy) and failure (misery) is often how quickly you can recover and move on. Some people seem to be born with the ability to just get on with it and others have to train themselves to do it. Moving on can be very challenging but think of the alternative, being paralyzed by the fear of making mistakes.
I would like to share with you what works for me:
- Decide what was the lesson learned
- Pray about it and actively choose to move on
- Find mentors who are doing it successfully and model their behaviour.
- One of my business mentors, whom I really would like to meet someday, is Sir Richard Branson from the Virgin Group. I am inspired by his humanity but also his willingness to admit to making mistakes and turning it around. I trust that in sharing one incident with you will inspire you to find the positive in a negative and move on swiftly:
“By 1986 Virgin was one of Britain’s largest private companies and Richard was advised to go public and sell shares in his business. Approximately 70 000 people applied for shares through the mail; staff, family and friends told him that they were banking on him. It wasn’t long before he got stifled by the more formal way of doing business, having to wait for approval of board members who did not understand the industry. After a huge stock market crash, the value of the shares dropped and people he cared about were losing money. He turned it around by personally raising the 182 million pounds to buy back all the shares at the initial selling price and Virgin became a private company again. (pg 57 Screw it, let’s do it, by Richard Branson)”