How do you view New Years? A fresh start, a clean slate, a new year with no mistakes in it, unblemished and pure as the driven snow…
All of these descriptors have one thing in common: they uphold an absence of errors as a desirable state. As poetic or quaint as this may sound, this is actually not positive framing. I don’t know where this obsession with perfection came from but I’m doing my part to do away with it. Here, in no particular order, are some favorite quotations about the beauty of errors.
Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks. ~Goethe
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~Henry van Dyke
Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence. ~Rosalynn Carter
It has to be okay to stumble while we take on new challenges and stretch our performance abilities in the new year. Read Leading from Behind to see how this impacts team development. Let’s go make some mistakes!