[5-Bullet Tuesday] Your Mistakes Are Your Friend!

On December 31, 2019 by mohitsawhney

Hi All,

Here’s your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Tuesday”, list of things I’m enjoying or pondering.

What I’ve realised –

Have you EVER made a mistake? Did I hear you say, “Yes”?


It is said that one who makes no mistakes usually does not make anything!

To err is a human and we all make mistakes. What matters then is not whether you have made a mistake or not, but what you do after the mistake has been made. Do you accept it to become a better human being or do you remain in denial to become worse?

The choice is completely yours.

Most people settle with a fight or flight reaction after the mistake is made. But the ones who grow are the ones who go with a third alternative.

This third alternative is an opportunity to make amends and make stronger friends.

Quote I’m pondering—

What I’ve learnt–

I invite you to have the courage to admit your mistakes and take the third alternative. I have done that and here is what I’ve learnt:

· Admitting your mistakes makes you learn from them and in turn makes you a better decision maker in future. Decision making is the key skill to build in the workplace especially in your journey to moving up the corporate ladder.

· Admit the mistakes fast and it’ll save you from a small issue snowballing into a much BIGGER problem. Nip it in the bud by owning up and correcting course quickly.

· Builds credibility and strengthens relationships. It may sound counter-intuitive but such contentious issues often lead to even deeper bonds.

A confession I made –

I have made several mistakes in my life but thankfully I have learnt that admitting them is the best way forward. Here is a blog which I wrote about one such mistake and how I quickly admitted it and how it changed my life for the better.

I have given this as a keynote speech as well and received praiseworthy response. If there is anything unsettled or unresolved in your mind perhaps due to your own slip-up, gather some courage and work towards reconciling it. You will feel accomplished.

What I wish for you for 2020–

If you’re making mistakes, it’s a sign that you’re making progress. And when you know you’ve made a mistake, own it and become stronger, more resilient and wiser.

Robert Kiyosaki conveys the point beautifully when he says “Don’t ever waste a good mistake… Learn from it.”

Wish you a very happy new year, 2020. Keep making mistakes. All green lights.


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