The beauty of intentional mistakes

Who said that stepping on the same rake is terribly fun? Show me this merry fellow! Of course, we all sometimes make mistakes, but they are not worth repeating. But is it worth making them intentionally? I say - yes, definitely worth it.

Very often, when faced with a difficult task, we make a number of assumptions that determine our subsequent actions. "Oh, no, this client is not for me, I will not even try" or "I can not go to this event, it is not of my level." We can sabotage our own actions for fear of rejection or embarrassment. To cope with difficult tasks and truly develop, we sometimes need to make "intentional mistakes."

There is a whole theory of intentional errors, according to which they are a priori doomed to failure and loss. However, if a miracle happens and the experiment suddenly turns out to be successful, it will open a new field for study.

In other words, we always learn from our mistakes and pay back with unexpected success. Just from now on call difficult tasks "intentional mistakes", and it will immediately become easier for you to solve them. When you are ready to fail, you no longer feel the constant pressure that binds your hands, and in any case you can take advantage of the situation, no matter what it turns out to be.

Watched "House Doctor"? If yes, then you understand what is being said. If not, it will suffice to say that almost all of his treatment strategy was based on the commission of intentional errors. We assign one of the types of medicines and look at the result. Helped? Fine! Worsened patient? It is also excellent - we draw conclusions and continue to act by the method of elimination up to the formulation of a correct diagnosis. In other words, House deliberately harmed patients to cure them. Paradoxically? But it helped.

Most deliberate mistakes in our lives do not bring any result, except disappointment. The instinct of self-preservation requires you to avoid them, but what will you lose if you do not obey him? The theory says that when underlying ideas are wrong, companies (or people) will be able to succeed much faster if they intentionally make mistakes, rather than simply using information that confirms such assumptions.

If Gregory House acted like the rest of the doctors and relied only on the history of the disease, he would never have become a legend. Moreover, a good half of his patients would be bent from traditional treatment, because the experiments of House and his team made it possible very quickly to eliminate the wrong diagnoses and have time to save lives.

Experiments in business are less dramatic than in medicine, but this does not detract from the benefits of intentional mistakes. If you do not challenge yourself and the world around you, you will live in peace without experiencing bitterness of defeat. However, intentional mistakes will allow you to see your strengths and weaknesses and correct your shortcomings. This way you can reach your goal much faster. Do not be afraid to take on things that you can not afford - who else will take them, if not you?

There are a couple of tips that will help you to gather your courage and try to make a useful and effective mistake.


Carefully re-check your assumptions.

Intentional errors are based on our underlying assumptions. What rules do you follow without thinking? Prefer to avoid public speaking or leadership roles? Choose one thing and think of how you could test yourself in this matter. In this case, it is desirable that the consequences of failure were insignificant, and the benefits of it - potentially very large. For example, if you usually avoid public speaking, you can start small and volunteer to give a talk on a topic of interest to you at your local library or cafe, inviting a friendly audience. It is not necessary to immediately apply for a conference of the Academy of Sciences, but perhaps it will someday come to this too.

Be prepared for failure

Do not put everything on the result of this experiment. It is possible that nothing will come of it. But if the consequences of your failure are relatively minor, and you are ready for them, it will not be so offensive. Well, if you think about it, they will ask you to drink your coffee silently or giggle at you a little bit - laughter prolongs life, right?

Do everything in your power

This is the most difficult. If you do not count on success, your instinct for self-preservation can affect your efforts. If you don’t go out of your way to achieve your intended goal, even if you reach it as before the Moon, then you are guaranteed to fail and thus break the purity of the experiment. And most importantly - you lose the opportunity to learn from your mistakes.

Imagine House, melancholy throwing a baseball ball in the wall of his office, instead of brainstorming a new incomprehensible disease. So what? Everyone will ever die, why not now? I think patients would object to this state of affairs.

You must - no, owe - through "I cannot" do everything that is in your and not your power to succeed. When I was first invited to the regional rafting championship, I twisted my finger at my temple - not only did I poorly imagine rafts, I had never held an oar in my life. We first floated at the first stage of the competition, and, of course, came last. Yes, the team was upset, but not to say that we did not expect such a result. It was a deliberate mistake, and we made the necessary conclusions. The next year we showed up again, were tuned for the best result and are ready to do everything that is required for this - rowing with all our strength, to calluses on the palms, ignoring the skepticism of the judges. In one of the races, we came first. The judges abruptly ceased to be so skeptical.

These are such useful lessons from past failure. Take the challenge. Nothing will happen to you.

Compare reality with your visibility

If you fail (and that should end up with mistakes), in addition to frustration, you will still have valuable experience. Analyze it, find out which of your assumptions were correct and which were not justified. What surprised you during the experiment? Use the findings for your development, and the next time in this situation you will have a much better chance of success.

And sometimes, by the way, there will be no failures. There will be only good luck. Yes, it happens. Many do not realize their abilities and talents, and sometimes only courage is necessary for success. Acting contrary to your own instincts, you can turn a mistake into a successful venture.

To be honest, today few people make intentional mistakes for their personal growth - the main line of behavior is dictated to us by nature, which whispers: "Stay in your comfort zone." Intentional mistakes are unnatural and do not arise by themselves - we always commit them consciously. However, with the right approach, they can move us forward and enrich us with valuable information for further development.

As House said, everyone lies. Do not believe the instincts, check everything yourself.

Adapting John Caddell's Material Screwing Up On Purpose: The Beauty of The Deliberate Mistake

Watch the video: These design disasters became beautiful intentional details (April 2020).


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