Don’t be afraid to learn
 
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Lauren Kirk

Don’t be afraid to learn

By Lauren Kirk

The path to learning is often filled with many bumps in the road, some of these bumps can sometimes be craters and some you will tackle with ease. It’s the ones that give you the biggest challenge that will be your greatest opportunity to learn.

From the moment we are born, we are learning and studies have shown that our greatest development happens in the first two years of life. We continue to learn and as we learn and grow, we make errors along the way. Believe it or not this is real; this is what makes you human.

We all make mistakes and the higher you are on that food chain, the bigger those mistakes can sometimes be. One of my favourite sayings comes from the nerdy side of my personality, when butler Alfred says to a young Bruce Wayne: “Why do we fall down? So that we can learn to pick ourselves back up again.”

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes in life. They key to those mistakes, however, is owning them. They are yours to own, yours to learn from, and your opportunity to grow.

One of the greatest challenges that can arise when working within a team is that an error may occur and the person who made the error is too frightened to put their hand up and claim it as theirs out of fear of retribution, or they may even have a lack of self-awareness.

Creating an environment where your financial team is at ease with raising an issue or an error when they occur can assist in building a culture of transparency in your team environment.

Alexander Pope once said: “To err is human; to forgive divine”. If you make a mistake, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. 

About the Blogger

Lauren Kirk

Lauren Kirk

Lauren Kirk is the general manager of training and consulting at Real Plus. 

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