Growing Past Mistakes

We look to social media, littered with inspirational quotes suggesting we haven’t arrived till we have screwed up royally. (7 minutes read)

Nowadays, more often than not, we tend to follow a standard norm after committing mistakes. We look to social media, littered with inspirational quotes suggesting we haven’t arrived till we have screwed up royally.

Although, the process of bouncing back from a setback is character building and will leave you better equipped to tackle the next challenge, the real challenge lies in how you respond in the moment. And that depends on whether you have a so-called growth mindset or a fixed mindset.

With a growth mindset, setbacks are simply part of the process of continuous learning and improvement. Whereas. with a fixed mindset, mistakes are signals that you are inadequate and doomed to be bad at the thing you attempted to do.

The flip side is how these two mindsets interpret success. With a growth mindset, success is a result of working hard and possessing grit and resilience. A fixed mindset, however, attributes success to being innately smart and destined to do well.

It’s simply not productive to think in terms of “bouncing back” after making a mistake. Instead, we all need to take the emotion and self-judgment out of mistakes and view them as steps along a path to our goals. We should understand what happened and learn from it, not see it as evidence of personal weakness or a flaw that needs to be fixed.

Learning from setbacks and seeing the value in that process will also help you remain viable as the world continues to undergo radical change and the half-life of job skills gets shorter. Lifelong learners are ideally positioned to compete in an era of rising automation because they actually relish the challenge of reinventing themselves and developing new skills all the time, not only as a reaction to a negative event.

The good news is that anyone can develop a growth mindset. If you’re innovating, experimenting, and stretching, you are going to make mistakes. And, therefore, you will have to course-correct and re-evaluate. With a growth mindset, you’ll keep looking forward, not back, and be excited to apply lessons learned to future challenges.

The alternative is having a fixed mindset that makes it so uncomfortable to deviate from your preconceived notions, you’ll never get anywhere. With a growth mindset, you’ll keep looking forward, not back, and be excited to apply lessons learned to future challenges.

Some of the most successful people have already picked their mindset approach, what is yours?

Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons.

Aakash Balasubramanian
A budding entrepreneur with a huge appetite for travel and adventure for food. I believe every idea can be big, but not everyone possesses the skills to make something grand of their idea. I feel confident of possessing myself with the requisite skills to push my ideas to the next level.
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