So often as women, we see images and stories of other females appearing to have it all together. Even in the work environment, there is this desire to show perfection, make the campaigns appear as if every single one succeeded. But we all know there are duds along the way. The typo that slips into the brochure. The meeting that tanks. The campaign that performed less than stellar. Mistakes happen. Life happens. But are we doing ourselves any favors by covering the failures up?
So I was delighted to discover a new book recommend titled Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong edited by Jessica Bacal. It was refreshing to read about other women in all different career stages and industries reveal lessons learned on their respective journeys. There were stories from women in the non-profit space, education, finance, fashion, government and tech, and each proved to be brave enough to shed some light on their failures and mis-steps – big and small. There are too many good anecdotes to share, so I’ll leave you with just one favorite quote I highlighted.
“We’re all rough drafts. If you’re living right, you’re constantly striving to make the next version of yourself better. Real success is rooted in learning how to turn mistakes into success; losses into gains; failures into the things of value that propel you forward rather than hold you back. My advice is to be humble, to listen to those who have more experience than you do, to work hard – actually work hard – and also to trust yourself. No one makes your life for you. You make it for yourself.” — Cheryl Strayed, Bestselling Author of Wild.
Happy Monday! As the saying goes, fail fast and fail often.