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Why It’s OK To Make Mistakes At Work
Because nobody’s perfect!
Career 01 Jun 2021

When we’re in the office, or the Zoom office these days, we constantly try to be perfect. Our flaws are left at the door. Messing up at work is one of the worst feelings ever and sometimes it takes us days to get over it, even if it was just something small. Those little mistakes often feel like the end of the world, but they really don’t have to be and, as Hannah Montana said, nobody’s perfect! Let us comfort you by letting you know why it’s OK to make mistakes at work.

Perfectionism Can Eat You Up

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We all want to make a good impression and show our best, but there’s trying hard and then there’s going overboard. It’s important not to be too hard on yourself, over-perfectionism could have a detriment to your mental health, and nobody wants that!

Your Colleagues May Not Even Have Noticed

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What seems like a big deal to you, might not even be on the radar of your colleagues. Accept the mistake and move on, if you stress over it, you’re likely to draw unwanted attention in your direction.

Nobody’s Perfect

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Nobody, not even the CEO of your dream corporation is perfect. Everyone slips up once in a while. Be easy on yourself!

Comparing Yourself To Others Is Never A Good Idea

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You are you and what you find really easy, somebody else might find super difficult. Total perfectionism doesn’t exist, so stop comparing yourself to others, you never know somebody else’s full story!

Understand That Everybody’s Perfect Online

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Is your bestie always posting about her career wins on the gram? Of course she is! Nobody is going to shout about what they do wrong. So, the next time you get a little jealous about all your pals being seemingly perfect online, remember that there are probably just as many slip-ups that they’re concealing all to themselves.

Mistakes Are A Chance For Growth

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OK, so you made a mistake and you feel pretty rubbish about it, but actually it’s a blessing! We can learn so much from the things we do wrong, sometimes more than when everything goes smoothly. Embrace your mistakes!

Once You Know Your Mistakes, You Can Strategise

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Boohoo, you made an error. Perhaps you keep making that same mistake over and over again. It sucks right?! Well actually, it doesn’t have to. Once you know what you struggle with, you can manage your workload so you know how to avoid it. Perhaps your colleague is really good at what you find hard, and it just so happens that you’re great at that thing they really struggle with. What I’m saying is, that once you know what you’re bad at, there are ways to get around it through collaboration and communication with your boss and colleagues. 

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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