Monday, January 28, 2013

Dr. Faulkner: Celebrate Mistakes


“Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.”   Al Franken, "Oh, the Things I Know"

“We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.”   Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)

“No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.”   Donald Foster

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually afraid you will make one.” Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)

“It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.”   Garry Marshall, "Wake Me When It's Funny"

“When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.”   Hugh White (1773 - 1840)

“If you ain’t makin’ mistakes, you probably ain’t doing nothin’.”  Lora Braden (My grandmother)

“In the corporate world, when someone makes a mistake, everyone runs for cover.  At Microsoft, I try to put an end to that kind of thinking.  It’s fine to celebrate success, but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure.  How a company deals with mistakes suggest how well it will bring out the best ideas and talents of its people, and how effectively it will respond to change.”  Bill Gates

So here’s the point.  In times of change within an organization (like Vol State), there will be mistakes.  We must not let fear of a mistake keep us from innovating.  Yes.  We want to be reasoned and rational, responsive not reactionary.  But there will always be some risk.  (How’s that for alliteration?)  What we want at Vol State is a climate where people feel secure to take reasoned chances, pilot new ways of doing things, and be creative, progressive and innovative.  If there are mistakes then we will place more emphasis on learning lessons for the future and less on placing blame.

-Dr. Jerry Faulkner

(Quotes taken from the Quotations Page



1 comment:

  1. I love alliteration. :-) And I appreciate your comments on learning from our mistakes. If we don't grow we die. And we cannot grow by staying stuck in the same place.

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