For once, I can’t agree with Jerry. The fact that the Chinese continue to use chopsticks despite discovering the possibility of occidental cutlery doesn’t make them admirable to my eyes. It just makes them impractical.
One of the qualities that leaders are distinguished for is, in my opinion, their limited fear for making mistakes; their ability to understand that the race to the top is full of stumbles and that every time you fall you discover a lesson hidden beneath the stone that made you trip. To stand up putting the lesson inside your pocket and then continue, is what distinguishes pilgrims, who walk a long stretch with a mission, from the occasional excursionists, who come home at the end of the day empty-handed.
Nevertheless, knowing how to make mistakes is not enough. This ability should be linked to another as important: being able to look at the person in front on you and say: “You know what? I made a mistake”, in a straight-to-the-point manner, without excuses, frankly and decisively.
Admitting every mistake is the secret to surrounding yourself with people who follow you convincingly, because they trust you.
Making a mistake, moreover, is not only a quality. It is a privilege. Those who are at the bottom can’t allow it to themselves; one misstep and they fall into the void. Being in the position to experiment without fear is a luxury. Whoever has it should use it often and be grateful for it.
Don’t allow the fear of making a mistake compel you to continue adopting the same strategies or the same instruments as always. Chopsticks are useful for sushi. The noodle soup, as your grandmother used to say, must be eaten without slurping. And, believe me, for that you need a spoon.