18 Ways to Deal With Your Mistakes

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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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Jill Tooley December 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Tia, all of this is excellent advice that we could ALL learn from! I think that your third one, “Don’t wish you never made the mistake,” is the hardest one for me to grasp. Even if I know there’s nothing I can do to fix the mistake, I still tend to dwell on it after it’s done. I need to learn that accepting my mistakes and learning to adapt to the problems they may cause is a stress-saver in the long run! 🙂

Samantha@Criminal Attorney Clearwater November 17, 2010 at 1:51 am

Mistakes are part of my life. Been wrong about things but the best part about it is learning from it. Finding a way to solve the consequence and be aware not to do the same and repeat the cycle. Thanks for sharing your ways of dealing mistakes. It really feels good finding this kind of post.

Tracy @ Coupons for Toys October 19, 2010 at 10:04 am

Humans are very fallible, mistakes are a part of life. If you don’t make them, how will you learn.

TJ McDowell@Photography Education October 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I think a big way for me to avoid the same mistakes in the future is just being intentional about avoiding a behavior or recognizing the trigger for the mistake.

Richard October 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

Hi Tia,
I’ve always felt that successful people make more mistakes because they aren’t afraid to try new things. It’s how one handles mistakes that really separates the success stories.

steveolenski October 6, 2010 at 7:11 am

Hi Tia,

Ironically I just posted about something very similar on my personal blog this past weekend… has to do with what my 6 year old son can teach ALL of us…

BTW. love your site!

Steve O

JamestheJust on Elance@Some Average Blog Dude October 6, 2010 at 12:46 am

What are “mistakes”? Never heard of ’em. 😛

Salient points, Tia – watch it. Your ethics are showing. (Glowing)

Tia Peterson October 6, 2010 at 5:06 am

🙂 I’m glad you get me! “Some average blog dude” Yeah, right!

Dan Lew October 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I think asking and not just thinking you know everything is one of the biggest stepping stones to moving forward, the biggest failure for people is their ego which gets the better of them

Pankaj Gupta October 5, 2010 at 1:58 am

This is a great post. All are unique and real facts that you have mentioned above..

Patricia@lavenderuses October 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Very thought provoking and challenging post Tia! Good to stop and think about this. As I have gotten older I think it has become easier to accept that I will make mistakes. Admitting them, learning from them and then moving on is what I tend to do now. Got to be some advantages to getting older…..hopefully it is getting wiser 🙂
Patricia Perth Australia

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog October 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I think everybody make mistakes, the theme is that no all are willing to share their experience. In my case I lost the count….but I try to not repeat them when I notice that I’m in the same situation.

$1399 for a combo is pretty expensive right 😉



Daniel Sharkov@Blogging Tips October 4, 2010 at 9:52 am

Mistakes are inevitable and one should definitely not blame himself for letting such happen. Instead he should just accept that he’s done something wrong and learn from it. A short and yet very informative post – straight to the point. Great!

Devesh@Make Money Blogging October 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

Great Post, as always. You’ve made amazing points.
You always come up with different ideas. Great tia.

Thanks for sharing this great Post.

Suresh Khanal@SEO MMO Tips October 4, 2010 at 3:48 am

Its a totally unique post of the kind I’ve ever read but so close to the truth and worth considering. Appreciate your brainstorming Tia!

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