We all make mistakes. No one is perfect. But how many mistakes can be avoided? The truth is, some people repeat mistakes with alarming regularity. They make a mistake, get up from the fall, and run right back into the wall…again. Ouch! Do you repeat mistakes or learn from them?
12 Reasons Why People Repeat Mistakes
Ask yourself, “Do I have 20 years of experience or one year of experience repeated 20 times?” Here are 12 reasons why people repeat mistakes. They say:
“I already know how it’s done.” Some folks think they know it all and don’t have anything left to learn.
“I’ll never be in this situation again.” Some people think an activity won’t occur again — even though it probably will.
“It won’t matter anyway.” Some folks think most failures are beyond their control — so learning from them is pointless.
“I don’t have time.” Some people are too busy to think about, much less learn from, their mistakes.
“I’m rarely wrong.” Some folks believe they don’t make mistakes. Obviously, they’ll never learn.
“I always do it this way.” Some people do things without much forethought. The last thing on their mind is applying lessons learned.
“What do they know?” Some folks avoid feedback like the plague. They believe that if they don’t know about their flaws, they don’t have any.
“No one ever told me.” Some people live or work alone. They repeat mistakes because they’re unaware of them.
“It looks good to me.” Some folks have a weird sense of reality. Whenever they make mistakes, they convince themselves otherwise.
“I’m so unlucky.” Some people believe a mistake is the result of bad luck. In that case, it’s pointless to learn from it.
“I don’t care how others did it.” Some folks refuse to consider whether something’s been done before — much less apply lessons learned.
“I’m too old to learn a new way.” Some people think they’ve been “at this for so long” there’s no need to learn. That’s a mistake!
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Lucy DelSarto says
Without failures, progress can not be made. Did you know the cleaner 409 had 408 failures, thus the name? Also I remember decades ago living in Palo Alto CA and driving by a business and had to do a double take…Failure Analysis. Failure analysis is the process of collecting and analyzing data to determine the cause of a failure, often with the goal of determining corrective actions or liability.
Frank Sonnenberg says
As a world-class athlete and coach you know that winning is as much mental as physical. That means that losing doesn’t make you a failure. It’s important to control your emotions, stay focused and remain disciplined. As Morgan Freeman said, “The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”
BTW, I didn’t know how 409 got its name. Thanks for sharing!