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The health of overcoming mistakes

Sep 16, 2019 10:04AM ● By Kirsten Klug
Every day we make mistakes. It's how we respond or react to the mistakes that allow us to learn from it, get upset, or turn it into something good. 

1. Do what you say
Today I was driving through a new school zone and telling the kids about the new traffic zone and next thing I knew I was getting pulled over for driving too fast. Honestly I was paying more attention to looking at the new school and making sure there were no kids than focusing on my speed. I got to learn the hard way. It was frustrating at the time, but also made me realize how we can't just talk about something we actually have to do it. And we can't worry about not making any mistakes. 

2. Oops can lead to a good wish
A couple years ago I noticed something flying out of the rear window of my car. I pulled over in a safe spot to see what was happening and I found my daughter holding hand fulls of business cards that she had been tossing out to see how they flew. Instead of getting upset about it, I decided to make a wish and hope that the right person would find my cards and call. Sure enough, within a year I heard from someone who had found my card in their driveway.

3. Spilled milk
I remember the first time my daughter spilled milk and made a big mess on the floor I got a little upset. And then I realized it was just an accident and no reason to be upset. So I decided to change my ways and whenever something spills, I focus on the fact that the floor needs to be cleaned.

4. Spelling error not the end of the world
One time I sent out a marketing campaign for a client via email. The email had a mistake on it about the date or the product. When a client discovered the mistake, we decided to send out another email with the correction. Thank goodness we did that because a lot of people took notice and that one email resulted in over $100,000 in product sales!

5. Old is new
An urban developer was once frustrated about the limiting areas for developing in the community he was in. We sat down and were looking at the buildings he was improving and as we moved around the map we kept skipping over this one area that was condemned. An area where businesses and a city had made mistakes rather than figuring out a different way of using space. I asked what about this area? Why do you have to skip over it? I wonder if you could figure out a way to build here. Ten years later the Brewery Blocks and Pearl District emerged in Portland, Oregon!