As highlighted in an article I read recently, making mistakes is not always a bad thing. When we challenge or undertake new things, we always need to expect some mistakes. We need to make mistakes to find out what went wrong and what we can do differently next time. This is just one way we grow as a professional. Without mistakes, we’ll never improve ourselves as professionals.
When I interview a candidate, for example, I usually ask what kind of mistakes he made before, and what he learned from it. I’m more interested in people’s weaknesses rather than their strengths. In the long run, people don’t regret mistakes they made by challenging new things. Rather, they regret when they didn’t choose to challenge new things.
Read more on how mistakes help you grow: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/dealing-with-regret-8-ways-to-benefit-and-move-forward/