One of our favorite interns, Bethany Whiteman, shares with us what she has learned about resilience in the workplace, and why it’s so important.
“When you first realize that you have made a mistake, what goes through your head? Do you think of ways to cover it up? Do you panic? Maybe you quickly attempt to fix it and pretend as if nothing happened? If you answered yes to any of the aforementioned motions, don’t worry because I’ve gone through all of them. Mistakes and mishaps happen to everyone. However, it is how you recover and what you gain from it that sets you apart from the rest of your peers.
Get Over It
Groveling over an issue will only slow you down and prevent you from doing all that you are capable of. Instead of living in panic or denial and letting the mistake grow, be quick to look back and reflect on how the problem occurred in the first place. Once you identify the mistake, own it and move on. This will allow you to fix the issue before letting the problem escalate further, showing that you are hard working and reliable.
If you are having trouble with a difficult task, map out all of the possible roads you could take to achieve it. Do not let yourself get trapped into believing that there is only one way to get the same result. Be a fighter and never limit yourself.
A little inspiration never hurt anybody. When I need a quick pick me up I think of one of my favorite quotes from Richard Branson, ‘You don’t learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”