I believe learning from our mistakes is pivotal to our success and that without our mistakes we cannot emotionally or spiritually grow, or understand what it is to succeed.
I also believe that when anyone gives us feedback, we can learn from that feedback. Feedback shouldn’t be seen as we’ve failed. It should be used as an opportunity to find ways to change what’s clearly not working for us.
Mistakes are simply a benchmark for further investigation. Not succeeding doesn’t mean we haven’t been successful. It means we need to look at a different approach. Working through any challenge is success, because each challenge brings us to a different place.
It’s how we choose to look at things. Not walking away with first prize doesn’t mean we’ve failed. Finishing the challenge is success in itself. We can learn more from our mistakes than from our success stories.
If we achieve success, we never stop to question it, we just take it for granted and that chapter gets closed. It’s wrong to think that because we have success in one area of our life that other areas will be just as successful.
We learn and will grow to be more successful when we work through the basics of how we got there. We need to experiment, to take risks and try out new things. We need to hear constructive criticism so that we can be instrumental in our potential success further down the line.
Many of us continue to see feedback solely as criticism, but those two issues must be separated. Feedback allows us to go and think about what we’re doing, so that we can change the outcome and find success second time around.