“No matter what I do, it somehow comes out right – even if it was a mistake!” – Mario Montez, Born Jul. 20, 1935.
Consider what you're doing – your work, your career – as one long, unfolding story.
It's not a series of projects and goals, but an overall plot arc.
When you “fail” at a thing, don't look at it as a goal unaccomplished. Look at it as a plot point you will pivot off of.
How can you reframe mistakes and obstacles and blow-ups as part of a story that extends into the future? How can you look a a dip so that it is actually a valley with a rise just on the other side?
So you failed. So what? And then what happens?
How bad is it? I personally know at least 4 business people that went to jail (or at least got into bigtime legal trouble) and used that as a reputation BUILDER.
It's in their bio. Not swept under the rug.
So maybe whatever little mistake or blunder or shortfall you find yourself in isn't even that bad.
Don't throw away or forget or move past your mistakes.
Own them. Admit them. Use them to compare your future successes to so that your audience can see not only that you've climbed so high – but they see that you're invincible.
People love that.
Much more then they love pretend people who try to portray perfection that is hollow and artificial.
You have homework:
Have you made a mistake lately? How will you capitalize on it?