Here's the 67th installment of our weekly series of motivational quotations, personally selected to get your week off to an inspired start.
“Humans have learned only through mistakes.”
Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), architect, author, inventor and philosopher (and creator of the geodesic dome that housed the U.S. pavilion at Montreal’s Expo 67)
The prolific Mr. Fuller believed mistakes are useful and necessary. To avoid a sense of total mortification at their propensity for making mistakes, Fuller believed human beings were deliberately endowed with “pride, vanity and inventive memory” to help us forget our own errors.
As he wrote, “So effective has been the nonthinking, group deceit of humanity that it now says, 'Nobody should make mistakes,' and punishes people for making mistakes."
How about you: Do you encourage (and forgive) mistakes in your business?