Mistakes, failures, and learning experiences

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I heard a sportscaster pontificate about the past weekend’s football game. He spoke about the mistakes the losing team’s quarterback had made. This sportscaster had advice for the quarterback,”Don’t think about this past week and your mistakes; think about next week’s game”. I understand the thinking behind this advice; it is not helpful to dwell on mistakes.

However, I have different advice for the quarterback, and any leader who has made mistakes. Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Do think forward, about your next encounter. But, also analyze your mistakes. Find their causes; figure out how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future – learn from your mistakes.

To the sportscaster/pontiff: your advice is good. But, it is also critically incomplete.

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