Making mistakes is human. Everyone has a bad day, too little sleep, possibly private worries or is sickly. Then the concentration is not given – and already it happens. But there are also mistakes that can be avoided – blunders, naivety, stupidity. Such mistakes prevent success. Even quite often. The good thing about it: Because they have already been committed by numerous other people (even successful ones), you don’t have to make these mistakes again. We’ll show you what the mistakes are…
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The eternal wish: To become successful in the occupation
How to become successful in life?, many people ask themselves. Of course, success is one thing: What does it mean to be successful??
- Is it about success in the partnership? A fulfilling life for two, with a house and garden and the solid prosperity of the social center?
- When it comes to sporting success? Perhaps linked to health?
- Or is it about a steep career climb? Possibly you are planning to be self-employed?
This depends on the personal weighting and many a person feels successful in life because he feels well integrated in social life, has a job that he enjoys and a roof over his head. Others, on the other hand, think they can climb the career ladder at breakneck speed and already have to be managing directors by the age of 25.
But it is also a fact that you have to do something about it. And here often lies the crux. Many motivational trainers never tire of emphasizing that you must have high expectations and be able to dream. But this can only be a start, as you should generally proceed according to plan. Being professionally successful means that you use your skills every day. This way you bring in your personality and give your work a distinctive and individual touch. Success is what you make of it based on your abilities.
Mistakes in working life are part of it
Mistakes on the job are as normal as anywhere else. Especially trainees, interns or newbies are quickly forgiven for mistakes. On the other hand, unfortunately, not all mistakes are the same – some simply have far-reaching consequences. But an employee must also be able to confess. This in turn depends of course on the error culture. If there are hierarchies in the company whose bearers have the truth to themselves, it will be difficult to reveal mistakes. This applies both to the employee who makes a mistake and to the manager who doesn’t like to admit to the mistake.
It is clear that when individuals have too much power, for example because they had the right party book or appropriately beneficial contacts, but cannot deal with criticism, this has negative effects. In any case, being allowed to make mistakes should be part of a company’s culture – whether you call it synonymous with "missing the mark," "messing up," or even "bungling".
As for your own mistakes, don’t be overly afraid of them – that only paralyzes you. Trial and error is absolutely common in research for example – you just try until it works. It’s clear that mistakes happen and that you have to accept setbacks. But this is the only way to know in which direction possible changes have to be made. Some mistakes, on the other hand, you should avoid, because they can weaken, delay, or even completely prevent your success…
If you want to become a manager, you also have to prove that you can lead. This includes being active before you are in the actual position. This does not mean that you should start bossing other people around. It’s more about you grabbing opportunities when it comes to new tasks, for example. That one has a knack for other people, knows how to exert influence and can show common results. But if you wait until you get a promotion instead, you can wait a long time. You will have to stand out in some way – nothing will be handed to you on a silver platter.
Your communication is weak
Is the be-all and end-all. You know what you want to say. Nevertheless, it may happen that someone else does not understand you. As the sender of a message, it is your job to make sure that the recipient understands the message as it is intended. For this you should communicate clearly and simply. Only when it is clear to others how something is meant, can they implement things accordingly. On the other hand, if you don’t manage to do that, it will lead to mistakes on both sides.
They do not delegate
It cannot be emphasized often enough: Leadership is also about delegating work. You may think that you can do one or the other thing much faster than if you hand in the work. But this mistake has two disadvantages: On the one hand, you have much more time for your actual tasks and can achieve appropriate results there. On the other hand, if you don’t delegate, you make yourself irreplaceable. This sounds good at first, but as a high performer, they will not let you go so easily, that is, not offer you a promotion. In addition, you also limit the benefits of your team.
You do not collect feedback
This is virtually the other side of the communication. The mistake that hinders your success here: You don’t get enough feedback, or when you get criticism from others, you listen away. But that’s not just a disregard for what others have to say to you, it’s a missed opportunity to improve things. Because without feedback from others, you may tend to develop bad habits that reduce your effectiveness and efficiency. Ultimately, this is also based on a form of arrogance, namely thinking that just because you are particularly smart, there is nothing more to learn. Good ideas can come from people whose views you might not otherwise appreciate.
You are a perfectionist
Of course you want to do your job well. But it gets difficult when you always want to do everything absolutely perfectly. This then leads to the fact that you rather achieve nothing. Of course, there is always something to improve, to tweak in one place or another. Perfectionism prevents you from recognizing when something is good enough. But the secret of success is actually to first make. Because if you wait too long to convince with something perfect, it may be too late.
You do not seek support
False pride can also cost you success. Of course, you can’t be taken by the hand in everything, and after all, the point is to demonstrate independence. However, career advancement is hard enough as it is. So what’s wrong with getting help? It is said false pride that keeps people from getting help. Make it easier on yourself and get a mentor. This is partly made possible by mentoring programs in companies, otherwise the exchange with experienced colleagues at company events is a good idea.
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