Hat tip to Dan Pink for this week’s blog post.
In this week’s Pinkcast, Dan shares an idea that can help us to maximize the benefits associated with mistakes. While we can often learn from our mistakes, it is just as important to be able to move on from them, to put them behind us. However, many people have trouble with this.
So Dan shares some advice he picked up from reading Olympic softball player Jennie Finch’s book: Throw Like a Girl.
In the book, Jennie shares a story where the team she was playing for hired a sports psychologist. One of the techniques used by the sports psychologist was placing a tiny toilet in the dugout.
Whenever a player would strike out, make a fielding error, or throw a bad pitch, or any number of mistakes, she came back to the dugout and go over to the tiny toilet and flush it, to symbolize the flushing away of the mistake. Apparently, Jennie Finch found this quite effective, and it’s hard to argue with the success she has had.
Dan suggests getting a tiny toilet and placing it on your desk, so that the next time you make a mistake, just flush it away.
And just like Dan does at the end of his video, if you find reading this post to have been a mistake, well now you can just flush it away with your tiny toilet.
But a warning is in order; reading too many of my blog posts could cause your tiny toilet to get backed up.
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