Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Making mistakes is not a bad thing. When we challenge ourselves to try new things, we always need to expect some mistakes. In fact, we need to make mistakes to find out what went wrong and what we can do differently next time. This is how we grow as a professional. Without mistakes, we never improve to become an even better professional.
When I interview a candidate, I usually ask what kind types of mistakes they have made and what they learned from those mistakes. I’m more interested in people’s weaknesses rather than their strengths.
After all, in the long run, people don’t regret mistakes they made by challenging new things. Rather, they regret the challenges they didn’t take. In this article on Dealing with Regret, Lori Deschene talks about 8 Ways to Benefit and Move Forward.