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Speak Up, Show Up, and Stand Out: The 9 Communication Rules You Need to Succeed by Loretta Malandro

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COMMUNICATION RULE 8

Recover Quickly and Come Back Stronger—Stop Defeating Yourself

If you have to eat a frog, don’t look at it too long.

—Anonymous

Do any of these refrains sound familiar? “How could I be so stupid?” “I should have known better.” “What was I thinking?” Mistakes are painful lessons that most of us would rather avoid.

What exactly is a mistake? Under the 50-50 model of accountability, mistakes are judgments about our personal worth. Call it a botched job, a bungled decision, reckless behavior, poor judgment, or faulty thinking. We have a million terms for screwing up, and we judge ourselves harshly when we do it.

Under the model of 100% accountability, mistakes are used as a mechanism for feedback and personal development. They ...

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