Chin up, Head up and Move on


It really can be frustrating. At times, I just sit there and think to myself, “why did I make that mistake, or why do I feel so unintelligent?” Yeah, I’ve definitely felt this way a few times whenever I’ve made a mistake at my internship. I just dwell on it for a little while, become morbidly stressed, and eventually my quality of work isn’t up to the standard I know it can, and should be. Working on financial documents

What if I told you making mistakes is okay at work? According to Fortune.com, every business, every employee, and every leader fails at some point in their career, but the difference between a success and a failure is what you learn. It will never be about having the fewest mistakes made. 

You are doing a good job if you are making mistakes. In fact, you are doing yourself a major service by making a mistake. However, the key to making mistakes is not repeating the same ones. There is no harm in failing. But when you do fail – keep your chin up, head up and move on.

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Here are a few tips out of the many when you do fail:

  1. Understand that everyone makes mistakes. We aren’t robots, your supervisor’s and co-workers have all been there.
  2. Accept your mistake. Don’t dwell on what mistakes you made in the past. Move on.
  3. Clear your head after the mistake. Take a deep breath and give yourself a second.

As you are advancing in your professional career, keep these things in mind. Trust me, this internship experience won’t be the last time you make a mistake. The important thing is to keep your chin up, head up and move on.

Kiarash Jalali

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4 Responses to Chin up, Head up and Move on

  1. Megan Moran says:

    Great post, KJ! It’s hard, especially as an intern, to not be hard on yourself when you make mistakes. I really like your tips on how to “fail greatly.” I especially like #1 because this is my biggest challenge. For some reason whenever I make a mistake, I forget that my supervisor or boss has probably made the exact same one. It’s easy to get down on yourself, but I think learning and moving on, like you said, is the best way to do it!

  2. chrisouverson says:

    KJ, what an inspirational post. I too myself have failed miserably at times in school and in my own internships. I like the way you incorporated all the positives of failing. You are right when you say there are things to learn from every mistake we make. The title of your post should be every interns mantra.

  3. pdxsx says:

    We all make mistakes, the best thing an individual can do is try not to make them again and move forward, as you so clearly point out.

  4. This is a great post, KJ. I have been struggling with these exact same feelings at my internship! I have such a hard time shaking off mistakes at work, and your tips are great things to keep in mind. It’s important to remind ourselves that mistakes are normal and in fact are contributing to our learning in these experiences.

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