Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone learns from their mistakes. A recent LinkedIn article got me thinking about how people deal with mistakes. According to research found at the Clinical Psychophysiology Lab at Michigan State University, when it comes to mistakes, there are two types of people: “those who have a fixed mindset ('Forget this; I’ll never be good at it.') and those who have a growth mindset ('What a wake-up call! Let’s see what I did wrong so I won’t do it again.').” Smart people have a growth mindset and learn how to make the mistake work for them.
“They recognize the roots of their mix-ups quickly and never make the same mistake twice,” says author Dr. Travis Bradberry. Here are five mistakes he says smart people never make twice.
- Believing in someone or something that’s too good to be true. Not every person or deal is as good as it seems. This is where the saying, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me,” comes from.
- Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Two and two will never be five, so why keep approaching a problem with the same solution?
- Not doing your homework. There is no substitute for hard work, and smart people do their homework.
- Losing sight of the big picture. Smart people have the perspective to focus on small everyday projects without forgetting about the big picture.
- Trying to change someone. The only way people change is by having the desire to change themselves. You can’t make a person change, no matter how hard you try.
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What mistakes have you learned from?