Making mistakes when running a business is something that will inevitably happen, sometimes they’re minor, other times they can be costly. However, with the right mindset, you can turn these mistakes into opportunities to learn and improve.

Many successful entrepreneurs and business owners are no strangers when learning from their success and failure. The key is to find the reason why something didn’t work out to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

In this blog, we’ll go through the steps for how to learn from your business mistakes.

Own up to the mistake – If you’re the one who made the mistake, the first thing you should do is admit it. This is more for yourself than anyone else as denial will only increase the chances of you repeating the error.

Compile a list – You need to figure out why the mistake happened in the first place; and the best way to help you do this is to retrace your actions, step by step and write down what errors were made leading up to the mistake. This enables you to pinpoint any flaws in the decision-making process.

Specify what can be learnt – Once you’ve established the reasons why the mistake happened, you can then specify what lessons can be learnt from it all so you don’t make the same mistake again. You can then use this information to apply what you have learnt, so if something like this happens again, you’re in a position to deal with it effectively.

Move on – It’s common to get hung up on your mistakes but this is a mistake in itself. Change your mindset and come to terms that you will continue making mistakes throughout your life, in business and in your personal life. However, you need to acknowledge that mistakes are the perfect tool for you to learn and develop, help you become more resilient and a better leader.

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