Learn As You Grow

Many people, no matter whether it is their first job or their tenth, feel as though they need to be perfect when they start their new job. They believe they have to prove to their managers and hiring team that they were worth being selected, and with that, they also believe that they cannot make mistakes. They worry that if they mess up, the manager will regret hiring them or start looking for ways to get them dismissed. The good news is that, unless you are living in a scenario like Nick from the movie Horrible Bosses, your manager will be gracious and give you growing room.

As Rachael Moore points out in her article for Education Week, it is a fact of life to make mistakes. Accept that you are not perfect, and no one else is, either. It is important to accept the mistake, reflect on it, and learn how to do better the next time. She shares an anecdote from her own experience where she was told “People remember the last thing you did. Make the next project you work on really good and everyone will have moved on.” No one dwells on your mistake as much as you do, so it’s important to take the opportunity to grow and move on to do something better, rather than wallow in fear. Equally as important, be gracious to others, and help them learn from their mistakes. As you get more experience, don’t look down on the “newbies” and point out their inferiorities, but work with them to become the best workers they can be.

To read more of Moores’ article, click here: http://blogs.edweek.org/topschooljobs/careers/2016/01/the_gift_of_graciousness.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=careercorner

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