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Dealing with Mistakes: Fire Yourself

I was once given a brilliant piece of creative business advice for dealing with mistakes. You should be making so many decisions and trying new things that each week, when something inevitably goes wrong, you should ‘fire yourself!’ It’s just brilliant as it celebrates and allows mistakes.

Theres a reason you see quotes giving advice for entrepreneurs about being willing to make mistakes and how important they are all the time; they really resonate with people. Here are a couple that have stayed with me:

  • ‘the season for failure, is the best time for sowing the seeds of success’
  • ‘those who try to do something and fall are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed’
  • ‘failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success’
  • ‘if you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with something original’

All of these are true, because failure is something we all wrestle with. It’s great for whoever is around you (team or kids) to see that you expect to make mistakes and accept it. That they should take note and maybe report back once a week on what they did wrong or could have improved and what they’ve learnt for the future. It’s so refreshing to not only be concentrating on what we’ve achieved.

I’m sure you’ll agree, that actually you’ve learnt the most about your business and yourself from the things that have gone wrong and so actually it should be failure to not have failures! So keep pushing boundaries, yourself and your team into unexplored territories.

Keep running at 100mph and try and look back at this week and ‘fire yourself’ at least once!



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