We all get caught making a bad choice every now and then, but the really smart folks in the business world never make the same vital mistakes twice. Here are two that you should avoid repeating, too:
1. Repeating the process while expecting different results
Thank Albert Einstein for this adage—insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In work and in life, if you’re not happy with the results of your efforts, but your efforts never change, get comfortable with those results.
2. Failing to prepare adequately
Whether it was for a job interview or a massive presentation in front of shareholders, failing to prepare is essentially preparing to fail. If you’ve shown up without doing your due diligence and have missed the proverbial ball, take note and promise yourself to make like your local boy scouts troupe and always be prepared.
3. Forgetting people’s names
Nothing makes a good impression like remembering someone’s name. In fact, studies have shown that correctly using someone’s name in a conversation increases certain feel-good chemicals in their brain. On the flipside, getting an important name incorrect can be devastating to professional relationships. Do yourself a favour and develop tricks for remember names—including carrying a small notebook around to write the name down as soon as you have a chance!
Mistakes happen, it’s a given. But mistakes that happen over and over become patterns and if patterns in your life aren’t working for you, it’s time to identify key places in your life to make adjustments to get you back on track toward a fulfilling, bright future!