We all make mistakes. Some are embarrassing. Others are just downright sloppy. Either way, they happen. Some people like to hide their mistakes or never admit to making mistakes. Since this entry isn’t about Mr. and Ms. Perfect, we’ll leave that topic for another day. Instead, let’s agree that few people are perfect and the smartest people acknowledge that lessons are learned every day. Approach every project, task or assignment as a learning experience and you’ll take something away that will serve you very well in the future.

The LEARN method is a great way to put mistakes in a new perspective.

L –  Listen to people who point out your mistakes. Rather than be defensive, see their point of view. Put yourself in their shoes.

E – Evaluate how you made the mistake. Was it by making assumptions? Lack of fact checking? Inaccurate notetaking?

A – Acknowledge when you’ve made an error and how you made it.

R – Refrain from making excuses. Excuses won’t solve the causes that lead to errors.

N – Never forget your mistakes. Keep a Mistakes File in a private place. Every so often, review the contents. It can serve as an important reminder on accuracy.