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.
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:
- Understand that everyone makes mistakes. We aren’t robots, your supervisor’s and co-workers have all been there.
- Accept your mistake. Don’t dwell on what mistakes you made in the past. Move on.
- 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.