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Don’t be afraid to learn

29 August 2017 Lauren Kirk

The path to learning is often filled with many bumps in the road. Some of these bumps can sometimes be craters and some you will tackle with ease. It’s the ones that give you the biggest challenge that will be your greatest opportunity to learn.

From the moment we are born, we are learning, and studies have shown that our greatest development happens in the first two years of life. We continue to learn and as we learn and grow, we make errors along the way. Believe it or not, this is real; this is human.

We all make mistakes and the higher you are on that food chain, the bigger those mistakes can sometimes be. One of my favourite sayings comes from the nerdy side of my personality, when Alfred says to a young Bruce, “Why do we fall down? So that we can learn to pick ourselves back up again.”

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes in life, especially when it comes to your working life. The key to those mistakes, however, is owning them. They are yours to own, yours to learn from, your chance to grow.

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One of the greatest challenges that can arise when working within a team is that an error may occur and the person who made the error is too frightened to put their hand up and claim it as theirs out of fear of punishment, or they may even have a lack of self-awareness.

Creating an environment where teams are at ease with raising an issue or an error with management when they occur can assist in building a culture of transparency in your office environment and ultimately improve service levels to clients.

Alexander Pope once said, “To err is human; to forgive is divine.” If you make a mistake, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again. 

Don’t be afraid to learn
lauren kirk
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