CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUN. 23, 2016
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This is Why Mistakes Are Essential in Career Progression

Nobody likes to make mistakes at work but have you ever stopped to consider the possibility it might be beneficial? Read on, if you want to learn why!

Mistakes at work are the bane of everyone’s existence. I mean, who likes to screw things up at work and then have to deal with explaining themselves to their boss? No one, right? Yet we all make mistakes; they’re as inevitable as being frustrated or bored at work. But the truth is that making mistakes can also be beneficial to your career as they can help you progress.

See Also: 5 Ways to Apologize For Making Mistakes at Work

They Teach Valuable Lessons

Though you’d think that, what with our degrees and diplomas, we’d all be experts at doing our work, the reality is far from it. Nobody was born ready to do any job, and everyone needs some time to adjust in a new company. During that time, you’re bound to make mistakes, either because you don’t know your work very well or because you weren’t concentrated at the task at hand. Whatever the case is, it’s important to learn not to dwell on mistakes too much and learn how to make the most of it.

Although not pleasurable, mistakes are a great way to help you learn things. Imagine having to do something at work for which you know nothing about, doing it the wrong way will help you understand what the right way to do is. So, don’t be afraid to make mistakes; they’re just part of any professional’s life.

Making Mistakes Means You’re a Risk Taker

Anyone who knows the first thing about hiring managers will tell you that if there’s one quality in a candidate that they look for, it’s that they’re not afraid to take risks. In fact, risk-takers are desirable employees as they’re the ones that can help a company get ahead, and it’s only if you’re not afraid to take risks that you stand a chance to move ahead in your company. In order to get on your boss’ good side, you need to be creative and come to them with fresh ideas. But in order to be a risk-taker, you also need to not be afraid of making mistakes as it only stands to reason that taking risks will not always yield results. So, remember that making mistakes only means that you’re not afraid to go against the odds and do something truly fresh in your work.

Mistakes Can Make You a Better Professional

The reason why so many of us make mistakes at the beginning of our careers is because lots of tasks we are called to do seem daunting and we’re afraid to ask for help. Just imagine being a young engineer and asked to come up with a completely original program: although you may have the technical knowledge and skills, you’re lacking experience that can help you successfully complete your task. Making mistakes does not only helps you learn how to go about doing things but it also helps you get in the correct mindset for work. It helps you understand that no matter how daunting a task may seem at first, all you need to do is deconstruct it and break it up into smaller tasks.

See Also: How to Write an Apology Letter for Making Mistakes at Work

The point is that you shouldn't let the fear of making mistakes keep you back from giving everything to your work.

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