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18 Ways to Deal With Your Mistakes

in Editor's Corner

Not sure about you, but I make mistakes all of the time. Sometimes I make the same mistakes over and over, and sometimes I just make completely new mistakes.

Mistakes are part of life: work, friendships, romance, family, self-improvement, education, and more. Here are a few things I’ve learned from making mistakes for the past 30 years.

When you make a mistake:

1. Admit that you made a mistake. Think that’s cliché? Doesn’t matter. It’s necessary. Do it.

2. Don’t blame your mistake on someone else.

3. Don’t blame your mistake on the ten other times you made the mistake.

4. Don’t wish you never made the mistake.

5. Figure out where you went wrong. If you can’t figure it out yourself, ask someone.

6. Share your mistake with someone who is accepting and wise.

7. When that person gives you advice, don’t shrug it off.

8. Acknowledge that you are not perfect, and that is okay.

And then:

9. Next time, be willing to do it someone else’s way.

10. Next time, ask that person what to do.

11. Next time, don’t ask that person what to do.

12. Next time, read the directions.

13. Next time, ask for directions.

14. Next time, do something differently.

15. Next time, do everything differently.

16. Next time, have a little more patience.

17. Next time, do it for the right reasons.

18. Next time, accept help.

When was the last time you made a mistake? What was the very first thing that came to your mind?

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