Friday, April 23, 2010
We should value the mistakes people make
We learn more from our mistakes than from our successes. Our mistakes provide an opportunity for introspection and a need to understand what we did, and why. Successes tend, however, to breed self-congratulation and glossing over what happened. Yet, we often forget that mistakes are important to learning. When interviewing a job candidate, we ask about successes, but rarely about failures. In a resume, we list all our achievements, but not our learning opportunities. Probably, this will never change, but perhaps it will be at least a minor topic in interviews in time.