Boo-boos, Stumbles, Falls, and Crashes! We all have business mistakes.
Maybe you just found out that you just hired the wrong person for the job. Or you made a stupid mistake and lost a good customer. You didn’t proof read your flyer well enough and printed 1000 with the wrong phone number! Your computer crashes and you haven’t made a backup in a month! You spent a fortune for advertising that just doesn’t seem to be paying its way.
Don’t kick yourself
Well get this — if you are in business you will make mistakes. We all do no matter how much we plan not to.
So first thing to do after a stumble is forgive yourself. You will only make it worst by blaming and beating yourself up and playing the ‘if only’ game. Or worst yet, is holding anger towards the employee or customer that you feel has wronged you.
Learn from the experience
Feel the pain of the fall – cry if you have to, and then pick yourself, dust yourself off, and take a time to study what happened and look for ways to maybe prevent it from happening again.
Take positive action
If you figure out things you can do to help prevent an reoccurrence, then implement this into your business plan. If you chose the wrong employee let them go. Don’t make a bigger mistake by chickening out and keeping someone that can continually hurt your business. If you lost business records from not backing up your computer, then figure out how or hire someone to help you set up an regularly scheduled automatic backup. Advertising not working, study up on what advertising is and what may work best for your business.
Your in good company
Mistakes happen so don’t let that stop you from getting back in the saddle again. But hopefully while you were in the dust you spent sometime figuring out what went wrong and how you could possibly prevent another occurrence.
Big success only comes to people willing to make a lot of mistakes they can learn from. Millionaires make millions of mistakes! Keep records and learn to look for patterns – adjust and re adjust.
Learn from others
You don’t have to make all the mistakes yourself; you can learn from others mistakes! Learn about common mistakes and how to prevent them.
Tell us about your business mistakes and what you learned — please leave a comment so we can all learn. Thanks
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler
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Why You Want to Make Business Mistakes By: Debbie Allen
Making mistakes in business is crucial for your growth and learning curve: If you’re not making mistakes, you may be playing too close to your comfort zone!
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