Well, let’s just talk about mistakes for a sec.
I’ve always tried to live with the conviction that a mistake is a temporary wrong thing….as long as you catch it and fix it. Nothing to get really worried about. Nothing to start a fight about. Often, it’s not really a performance issue in the workplace.
Confucius said much the same thing:
“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is a mistake.”
It may seem that this is rather circular and, perhaps, imperiously silly. Still, I think the old teacher was peeling away the layers of the mistake onion—a false step, if corrected, loses its meaning and its impact.
Anybody who never makes a mistake won’t have any idea what I’m talking about.
Here’s another thought, from The Little Corporal:
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
Mistakes may indeed be tactical or even strategic—if someone else is making them.
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