Mistakes Are Sometimes Overrated

          Any undertaking should be pursued with diligence and our steadfast desire to do the best we can. In that way we are bestowed with a deep sense of pride. It still remains, however, that mistakes will be made. When we do all we can to ensure personal success or the success of an organization mistakes are inevitable. In fact, the only folks that are immune to mistakes are those that embrace the status quo. 
          Recently I read Admiral of the Ocean Sea. In this remarkable book, Samuel Morison details Christopher Columbus’ voyages to what became know as the New World. What is clear is that Columbus pretty much made a mistake for the ages! When he left Spain on his first voyage he was convinced, that his first destination Japan was 2400 miles away. Of course it was 12,000 miles over the horizon! Columbus died never knowing what he had discovered. Even after four voyages he would not admit that he could be mistaken and that the lands he walked upon were not part of the Orient.  In my book, Humanity at Work: Encouraging Spirit, Achievement & Truth to Flourish in the Workplace, I ask the question, why do we find it so difficult to state… I made a mistake?  ” If you tell someone that you made a mistake, what do they say in response?  It should begin with “I appreciate your telling me the truth.”  And then healing can go forward from there”
           Mistakes are often overrated, as the potential harm can most often be easily extinguished.

About Santo Costa

Sandy Costa is an internationally respected speaker and business leader. Check out Sandy’s website at www.SantoCosta.com
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