After nearly ten years of working in media, I’m finally coming to the conclusion that I think the correct answer is ‘always‘. Sure, most of us would prefer not to be wrong. I get it. Afterall, when we’re right:
1. We progress in the direction we originally intended – saving time, and making it look like we made the right decision in the first place.
2. (We think) we look better, smarter, and more successful (arguably less imperfect?) in the eyes of others.
And maybe we do. But is this always necessary?
And is it always best to continue in the originally intended direction? Of course not!
How many different career paths have many of the world’s most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs embarked down before finding their sweet spot (Richard Branson being a great example)?
Mistakes (and moreover being receptive to criticism over one’s mistakes) are what enable us to develop and progress.
But many of us take criticism in the wrong way, seeing it as a sign of weakness. And, of course, weakness is …