We have all heard the saying – “you should learn from your mistakes”, but are you?

By The Stoic Strength Coach 

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Learn from your mistakes! In theory, that is excellent advice, but implementation is another thing. Looking back at our mistakes and failures can take a hit on your ego and ultimately help in the long run. The key is to shift the mistake from a negative experience to a positive learning one. 

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. – Theodore Roosevelt

For example, if all the data has been erased from your computer, you have no backup. 

So, what have you learned? 

That you need to back up your data regularly onto other systems, ok, this is a straightforward example, but you get the idea. Take the negativity away and bring in the learning opportunity.

A simple trick as having a little notepad to highlight these failures when they occur is a great way of learning. By writing them down, it can help in several ways:

  1. It will help you reflect, process, and move on 
  2. It can help you identify trends for the future
  3. By writing down advice, it can help guide you in the future.

Yes, this will test your ego, but it will help you in the long run for continuous development. 

Food for thought. Till next time, Stay Stoic,

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