Last month I wrote an article called The Power of Business Mistakes, little did I know I was hitting a nerve or at least a concern. The article became the most read of all of the other articles last month. In fact, that article caused the readership to double. With this in mind, I began to take a second look at the subject of mistakes, particularly business mistakes.
What Iíve found is that in most of the training courses, business books, articles, business testimonials and more the part about mistakes is left out. This makes the view of business building incomplete. You canít have a successful business, marriage, outreach program without mistakes. It just does not happen. Every small business and large business makes mistakes. They are a part of the learning process. By not openly sharing and embracing mistakes, you lead others to believe that starting a small business can be fool proof.
However, as I mentioned in the last article, mistakes are our teachers. They give us direction and tell us which way to go, but talking about mistakes is not sexy. Nobody wants to honestly share that they were not an overnight success. I believe this happens because when you finally ďmake itĒ you want to put your mistakes behind you and focus on whatís happening right now. It has taken me years to get out of the school of ďmistakesĒ. It seems that I was always making them. I thought I was the only one who had false starts and do-overs. Iíve since learned that false starts and do-overs are a part of every single success story. They will be a part of your success story too. I recently read that it took a very popular blogger eight years to get one hundred subscribers to his list. Eight years? Really? Does that make you feel better about how long it has taken you to build your list?
Failure and mistakes have gotten a bad rap. They are actually good for you and make your future brighter. Now, a mistake is not good if you donít learn from it or if you blame or shame others for your mistakes. If your pride wonít let you admit you were wrong or if keeping a good reputation is more important than your integrity then you wonít learn from your mistakes. The business owners who fall into that category are few, most want to learn from mistakes and take their businesses and lives to the next level. If youíve been stalling out because you are letting your mistakes get you down, itís time to learn what you can and move on to the next level in your business and life.
Mistakes will always be a part of growing your business. In time, youíll get better and better at managing and repurposing your mistakes, using them as your teachers instead of your oppressors. Take a look at the video above to see how making mistakes actually became a part of the business plan.