Monday, October 31, 2011

Daring to make mistakes

“And what if I make a mistake?”, my colleague asked me, when I delegated something important to her.
“We’ll take care of that”, I replied. “Unless you make a couple of mistakes, how are you going to learn?”

Two days later, she made a mistake that I knew would take me a couple of hours to rectify. My instinct was to yell at her, but I held myself back. After all, wasn’t it I that had told her she shouldn’t be crippled by the fear of making mistakes?

I was right. By making mistakes, she’s learnt faster than I expected.
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And when I signed up for NaBloWriMo, I was sure I was making a huge mistake. For someone who had taken an unintended sabbatical for nearly three months, wasn't it ridiculous to commit to blogging everyday? And yet, I managed, because how can you finish something, unless you first have the courage to start.
Thank you for being with me.


Deb and Barbara said...

Sigh. My biggest stumbling block. But I am getting over it. It is truly the best way to learn. Good on you for appreciating that, even while it seems you paid a big price for another's mistake!! B

SueAnn said...

It is an interesting fact that you learn faster by your mistakes than with any other way! Interesting!!

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - Billy Joel's You're Only Human (Second Wind) has this lyric: You learn more from your accidents than anything that you could ever learn at school. I think it's incredibly important to be open to mistakes. I'm sure your colleague really appreciates the fact that she works in an environment where she can make mistakes and grow without being punished.


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