One of my favorite bloggers, Lincoln Park Minute, posted on Insta story what book she was currently reading and I immediately took a screenshot of it because I needed this book. Mistakes I Made at Work is about 25 influential women reflecting on what they got out of getting it wrong. This is a topic that is often neglected when we talk about self-growth. Instead of looking at our mistakes as a bad thing that we try to forget, we should be looking at them as lessons and learn from others mistakes as well.
In a recent job interview, I was asked about a mistake I made at work and how I learned from it. I won’t go into detail about my answer, but I will say that I spoke positive about my mistake and how I was able to turn it around in the moment to make it a positive. I am sure that the answer alone is what opened doors for me because of my answer. We often try to hide our mistakes from our peers and we spend time covering them up. While being in the adult working world, I have learned that no one is going to teach you how to do the job, you often have to learn on your own. Some of my biggest lessons at work are from learning from my mistakes.
I have had more than a few job titles and responsibilities since my first job and none of them came with a how to guide on how to do the job. A lot of the job was learned while doing the job, so obviously a lot of mistakes were made, but that is how I Iearned how to do the job. I now use this as strength – if I make a mistake once, I learn from it and will know better for next time. I somehow trained my brain from freaking out when I make mistakes because I know that I can learn from them. I have made a lot of mistakes in my personal life and work life, but once I get hurt or see how a decision plays out, I immediately learn from it. For a while, I felt like I was only making mistakes and wrong turns. But without these mistakes I would not have made the decisions I have recently made. From mistakes come lessons and more doors to open and more importantly grow as a person.
I just ordered this book and I am so excited to read it. You can read the first 30 pages HERE.