Everyone Makes Mistakes: It’s How You Move on from Them That Matters
I just had an email from a woman who has started a business as a professional photographer. At first everything was going great, and then she was hired to photograph a very important event. She was devastated to discover there had been a glitch and none of the photographs were usable. She took this as a big failure and is wondering how she attracted this. To this there is only one thing to say: the only difference between the successful people and those who are failures is that the successful ones keep on going. They don’t let a mistake or a failure stop them in their tracks. And, who cares if you attracted it or not? This is probably not karmic retribution for something bad you did. Sometimes stuff just happens, learn what you can from it and move on.
This “failure” reminded me of the time I walked smack into a concrete pillar in the middle of a presentation to about 150 high school seniors. They couldn’t stifle their giggles and I had to laugh myself as it was pretty amazing how I managed not to see an eight-foot wide column. If I had let this mistake stop me, I wouldn’t be speaking today at fabulous places like the Ritz in London and New York. Mind you, I do keep a sharp eye out for those pesky pillars!
Don’t let a few mistakes get you down. I don’t know of a single professional who hasn’t had a few failures. Just do what you can to apologize and make amends, set up systems and backups so that it doesn’t happen again, and keep going.