Why it's good to make mistakes

Stephanie Utting, account director of emc3, discusses the importance of learning from your failures.


Stephanie Utting is an account director from emc3.


Success is the most enjoyable experience, but failure is more important.

Without small failings, true success isn’t an option, because it leaves no room to adapt and grow.

Let’s be honest, being perfect all the time is not realistic.

If anything, those who make mistakes and learn from them usually end up progressing further than those who don’t.

That’s because mistakes usually come from trying new methods, pushing the boundaries and adapting to new challenges.

And when an issue arises, it can become a blessing in disguise if you respond to it quickly and learn from it.

Adapting the saying "a problem shared is a problem halved", at emc3 we’ve adopted "a mistake that’s shared isn’t a mistake at all; it’s a lesson for all".

We’re advocates of sharing to avoid the same issues being repeated further down the line.

Earlier this year at our company kick-off, a series of breakout sessions focused on our team sharing their most embarrassing errors since starting at the company.

This showed our employees, old and new, that mistakes have made our team the success it is today.

If you don’t make them, you can’t grow, learn and improve – they make you better at your job.

After all, if we’re afraid to make mistakes, we will never challenge ourselves to become the groundbreakers and innovators that we all strive to be.

Company culture is a big part of emc3, so we felt it was important that everyone could see we’re all the same.

Opening up and sharing mistakes allows us to find solutions together: we call this "failing smart".

In this way you identify the issue and implement a way to fix it so that you and others don’t make the same mistake again.

It’s not about the individual, but the team as a whole.

The majority of our internal processes have evolved because of small faults along the way, which have helped us become more finely tuned and efficient.

I’ve always found, through my own mistakes, that I will feel the error is a lot less awful if I talk about it.

It’s crucial to be open and accountable, and it’s important to remember the great things you’ve accomplished and how they outweigh any blips.

This is the true measure of your capabilities and performance. Sharing, which might seem like the scariest thing to do at the time, can help you grow and become better at your job.

Next time you make a mistake, take a deep breath, relax, and remember: nobody died!

Be honest and tell your manager, try to come up with a solution to prove you can turn errors into opportunities, then let the wider team learn from it.

This doesn’t apply only to new members of the team: no matter how far you get up the ladder, surprises will pop-up.

I’m proud of the members of my team for the way they overcome stresses and failures. Sometimes these failures are out of their control, and this is something you must learn quickly in the events industry.

It’s integral to success – use failures to become a better version of you.

As Albert Einstein once said 'a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new'.

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