In the business world, there’s often a stigma around making mistakes, whether it be the worry of being perceived as weak or unprofessional, we fear making mistakes. When in fact, there is nothing wrong with making mistakes – it makes us human, and shouldn’t be frowned upon. Both in our personal and professional lives, the only way we can move forward and progress is by learning, and making mistakes presents the perfect learning curve.
Making mistakes allows you to identify where things could have been different, reflect on the positives and negatives and then work on how to apply what you’ve learnt going forward. Don’t be fearful of making mistakes, create an environment that allows you to be creative with different solutions without the fear of consequences; essentially that’s how we learn and progress as people. Experiment, and try new things to see what works best for you, don’t let fear hold you back.
The important thing is to learn from your mistakes so that you don’t repeat them – if you’re not doing this, that’s only where making mistakes becomes an issue. You should use your mistakes as a big learning curve, and all part of a journey to improve yourself going forward. It’s important to reflect on why the mistake occurred, and what it is you can learn from it in the future.
Have you ever thought about the effects of making mistakes on other people? It’s important for the people around you to be exposed to mistakes, just as much as it is important to you as an individual. Essentially, those around you will only learn from being exposed to mistakes. For me, this is something I’ve really learnt the importance of this past year, and by not exposing staff to mistakes has potentially held them back. This in itself is a mistake, but something I’ve learnt from and will change going forward. There are many lessons I’ve learnt in 2017 which you can read all about here – I’m not scared of making mistakes, learning from the mistakes I’ve made is what counts.
I think something that is key to limiting the stigma around making mistakes comes from creating a culture that encourages creativity and experimentation. This is definitely something I put a lot of thought and consideration into at Frogspark, I want to create a culture where the team aren’t afraid of making mistakes; it’s human and a natural part of day-to-day life. The key thing is how we handle these mistakes as this is what really makes the difference. It’s important to reflect on your actions, to really identify what the key mistake was and put the steps in place to improve on this going forward. This is really important from a business growth perspective, as it helps your team get stronger, improve the general process and ultimately watch everything move in the right direction.
In 2012, I set up Frogspark whilst studying full time at University. Since going full time over two years ago, Frogspark has formed a fantastic team, worked with some great clients and is fast becoming one of the most widely known agencies in the local area.@RobTwellsUK