Mistakes or Failures?

There are a lot of people in the business world telling entrepreneurs that they can help them create a successful business.  Don’t get me wrong, as an entrepreneur or business owner it is great to get help and learn from other business owners.  It’s also good to hear the perspectives of those who have been successful in the past.  One of those great leaders was John Wooden.  John said:

“You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes.”

The biggest key that John Wooden captures here is that mistakes are ok!  Your mistakes, or those of others, are the quickest ways to learn how to be successful-unless you blame others for those mistakes. The second you start blaming others, you lose much of your ability to learn from your mistakes and part of being an entrepreneur is being responsible for your future, and you can’t be responsible if you’re blaming others.

The good news is that if you don’t blame others, and you learn from your mistakes, each mistake will bring you closer to the success you desire.  So every time you’re faced with a mistake, take a step back and admit responsibility.  The dust will clear a lot quicker if you own up quickly.  Once the dust is clear, gather the pieces of the mistake like a CSI unit gathers evidence at a crime scene.  Every little detail counts here, you never know if, in addition to the glaring issue, there are little fissures that helped create the crack.  So write up your report and set changes in motion so that you will automatically be correcting your course in the areas that caused the mistake.

So stop brushing your mistakes under the table and behind you as quick as you can and actually take the time to learn from them.  What have you learned from your mistakes?  I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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