D RIt is ok to mess up

December 10th, 2023 9:14 am

It’s ok to mess up as you learn.

New hobby: archery. This afternoon was my first time shooting at the far targets. I also wanted to make a few changes to my form, and a surprise crowd beat me to my usual bows.

Changing any one of these things could make for a bad day. Changing all four…I made every beginner mistake again!

And that’s ok. In fact, I looked forward to it. After all, I was there to improve.

Why are businesses dorks always talking about “growth mindsets“? Because they help us learn. And, we make better decisions when we approach the data with a beginner’s curiosity.

Why do we do blameless retrospectives at work? Because embarrassing someone for their mistakes doesn’t help either of us learn.

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