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Now you have made a mistake at work, what next?

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I know that sometimes it is hard to admit mistakes but is it not liberating when you do so? Does it not feel like a burden has been lifted off your shoulders and you can finally walk freely?

Everyone makes mistakes. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Without mistakes, a lot of people will not be where they are right now. There are quite a number of entrepreneurs who took risks at various investments that never once paid off but they got to learn important lessons and develop valuable skills. They may have gotten too disappointed to try again but they remained resilient despite how their decisions turned out. Mistakes are not limitations. They are not only meant to expose our weaknesses, they also highlight our strengths. It is what you do after you have made a mistake that counts.

Mistakes could mean the end or the beginning for some people. Their outlook about life as a whole can be traced all the way back to their first mistake. Did they learn from it? Did they sulk from being scolded? Did they quit? Did they limit their mental picture to their failings?


Take for instance a cup has two ends-the open end and the closed end. What side are you looking at? How do you view your mistakes? Do you see it as the end of your life, you know, like there is no way out-case closed or do you see it as another opportunity just presented itself? Are you willing to try something new? Are you receptive to new ideas or have you already concluded that nothing can work?

Some people think that mistakes diminish them compared to other people who never seem to have made mistakes in their lives. They see themselves as inferior, as failures and unworthy but I dare say, that is all in the mind. The mind is a powerful place. If you cannot control it, it will ruin you.

What do you give attention?

When we pay too much attention to what we hear people say, we regurgitate on it until it becomes a part of us then we begin to doubt our own voices and when we doubt ourselves and our abilities, it affects our choices. This goes on and on until it becomes a lifestyle. It takes a positive force on the inside to break that cycle.

Do yourself a favour. Stop paying too much attention to negative reviews about your life or ideas. It will kill you before you even start. These negativities will always be there and they quickly multiply on the outside. You have to be able to harness the power within if you want to navigate through life. You will make mistakes but that is not the end. Capitalize on the knowledge you gain. For as long as you are alive, your cup remains open. Pour in only the good stuff.

Cheers to the good life.

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Edikan Ekong

Edikan Ekong

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