INSTANT MBA: Positive Thinking Won't Help You Erase A Mistake

Patrick Del Rosario

Photo: Patrick Del Rosario

Today’s advice comes from Patrick Del Rosario of Open Colleges, via his article in Brazen Careerist:“Positive thinking sounds awesome in theory, but it won’t help you erase a mistake. What can help is smart, adaptive action.”

Many people tend to put a positive spin on a mistake at work when there are smarter, more effective ways to handle this kind of situation, Del Rosario writes.

When a mistake is made, don’t try to turn a negative into a positive. It might show your boss that you haven’t learned anything and that you might actually commit the mistake again.

Instead, make a case study out of your error.

“Believe it or not, there are executives out there who absolutely love people who made big mistakes. In fact, a lack of blunders in your resume would turn them off. Search for these people and figure out how to work for or with them.”

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