Learning from mistakes

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I am passionately in favour of developing strengths, and for encouraging clients to really discover and appreciate what they are good at. However, to make giant leaps forward we can’t ignore mistakes and, worse still, we should certainly resist the temptation to not risk making them.

Advances in neuroscience have proved that by making mistakes is actually how the brain enables us to learn. When we experience good results our brain rewards us with a hit of the ‘feel good’ chemical dopamine but when the results are not what we want it withholds this chemical. Our brain needs us to make mistakes to allow it to constantly analyse and more importantly to refine and improve our future decisions.

It is ironic that as a species we have an innate desire not to experience feelings of losing out and yet this is exactly how we have been programmed to learn.

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