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Responding to the Mistakes

  • Emily Rice

Emily Rice

1 min read
Responding to the Mistakes

You could say that people notice positive works, moments of success.

But that they choose to fixate on the negative, moments of failure.

This idea can be explained in a story, a story that some will recognize:

"One day a school teacher wrote the following,


When she was done, she looked to the students and they were all laughing at her, because of the first equation which was wrong, and then the teacher said the following;

I wrote that first one wrong on purpose, because I wanted you to learn something important. This was for you to know how the world out there will treat you. You can see that I wrote RIGHT 9 times, but none of you congratulated me for it. But you all laughed and criticized me because of one wrong thing I did."

It’s surprising how often the mistakes of others are treated with disgust.

Responding with anger or frustration wears away employee loyalty and trust.

The person who made the mistake already feels embarrassed and ashamed, so why make the situation worse?

People forget that everyone makes mistakes.

That mistakes are a part of the process, the learning process.

“We learn from failure not from success,” Bram Stoker.

Respond to the mistakes with compassion, forgiveness, empathy, and love.

But most importantly, perseverance.

Perseverance to try again.