One of the most insidious traps we fall into is believing that mistakes are the worst possible outcome. We think that a person who makes a lot of mistakes is incompetent or useless. We think that people with more measurable accuracy in their performance are automatically smarter, more skilled, and better equipped for the world.
If you go through life terrified of making mistakes, you’ll also be terrified of taking risks. You’ll never challenge yourself for fear of not being perfect.
So if you want to become the most well-rounded, dynamic person that you can be, you need to let go of that fear. Mistakes aren’t inherently bad. In fact, mistakes have both immediate and long-term benefits.
The next time you’re afraid of failure, remember these benefits of mistakes:
Understanding where you are in relation to your goal
Being able to chart steps to meet your goal
Understanding more about your situation
Identifying experts around you who can help teach you
Taking personal responsibility and showing you’re able to grow
Getting to learn, change, and challenge yourself
Applying solutions to future endeavors
Being right isn’t the most important thing. Having an open mind and being flexible enough to grow is.