Do you know people who can never be wrong? They know everything about everything. And if they make a mistake and are told so, their reaction can be anything from sulking to rage.
What are they so afraid of? Have they been brought up so that no mistakes were ever allowed? Are they afraid they won't be accepted if they make a mistake? Have they been punished for making a mistake?
There's nothing wrong in making mistakes, if we learn from them. A mistake is not really a mistake until we repeat it. If we concentrate on what caused the mistake and start finding ways to change that and learn how not to repeat it, it was all for the good.
Many of our mistakes are things that are in our own mind only. We do something against our own values. Others might not consider these mistakes at all. If this is the case, use this to learn about yourself.
If you make a mistake at work or in a social situation, then find out what the mistake was, what you need to learn so you don't repeat it, and do your best to learn the skills you lacked.
And if you make a funny mistake, laugh away! People who know how to laugh at themselves are the ones who can handle their mistakes in their stride.
I for example managed to burn down the lunch soup. Which was interesting in itself, as the soup itself was frozen (yes, a real frozen brick I had to melt in a kettle). Now I'd say that takes some talent to burn a frozen soup!
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