When asked about a game once, Yogi Berra’s reply was”
“We made too many wrong mistakes.”
This begs the question, what on earth is a right mistake? How do you make right mistakes rather than wrong ones?
What is a “Right” Mistake?
A right mistake is any mistake from which you grow and learn. Consequently, a “wrong” mistake is one that does not results in learning and growing. Mistakes will happen; no one is perfect. They happen in baseball, in business, and in life. The key is to make certain they do not happen in vain. Be sure something positive, even if it is only a lesson to not repeat the mistake, comes from it.
What Does This Look Like Practically?
How do you make a mistake, learn your lesson, and move on? It depends on the mistake. If you make a mistake with money, the immediate issue is to find a fix. Once you have, figure out where exactly things when wrong, then create a solution to keep that thing from going wrong again. It is likely there was a domino effect, and finding the one thing that knocked the first domino down will be the key. If you make a mistake with a customer order, figure out what happened. Was it written down wrong? Maybe set up a system where the customer either reviews and approves the order, or the employee taking the order reads it back to the customer for verification.
Do NOT Rinse and Repeat
The thing not to do, is rinse off the mistake only to repeat it in the future. This is not shampoo. The biggest lesson to be learned from any mistake is how not to repeat it. Learning what you did wrong is one thing, saying you will not do it again is another, but actually taking practical steps to prevent the same mistake from happening again is the most important part. This is the way to avoid too many “wrong” mistakes and give yourself a better chance of success.
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