Rebranding Failure

Karen Mosier, Research Coordinator and Navigator, University of Saskatchewan

We all make mistakes. Making mistakes is part of the learning process if we learn from our mistakes and don’t make the same ones repeatedly. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and learn new things. Always do your best and if you make a mistake along the way, own up, learn from it, and move on.

Here are some tips that can help you reduce your error rate:

  • Reflect on your mistakes and make safeguards to reduce repeated errors
  • Make sure that you have the right tools and equipment to get the job done
  • Take appropriate training to enable you to do your job
  • Sign up for workshops relevant to your job and learn from others about what worked for them and what didn’t work
  • Pay attention to factors that can contribute to increased error rates e.g., stress, pending deadlines, too much to do, multitasking, etc.
  • Try to keep on top of tasks to get them out of the way
  • Plan to get as many things done as possible in advance of busy peak times
  • Try to lighten your schedule around pending deadlines
  • Take time to eat your lunch and take your breaks
  • Eat right, exercise and get enough sleep

See your failures as a learning opportunity. Learning from our mistakes can pave the way to success. Consider sharing your knowledge with others and teach others what you have learned by going through an experience and talk about worked and what mistakes you made along the way.


This article was taken in part from my new book “Soft Skills and Professional Tips for the Office”. If you are interested in obtaining a copy for yourself, please click on the link below:

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