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Be gracious with yourself
It’s been several days and I just can’t forgive myself for it. No matter how much I try to shake it off, it continues to emerge between my thoughts. How could I make such a silly mistake?
I have been working with the Center for Economic Education ( CEE) Fellows. The Fellows are economics or business students that work at the CEE to help us improve the quality of economic and financial literacy education. I am supervising three students this year. Our efforts have expanded to include an economics luncheon every Thursday. Roughly 8-10 students show up just to hang out! Although we all remain masked, it is a welcomed opportunity to reconnect and learn from each other.
The luncheons have turned into a professional development opportunity. A couple of weeks ago, I talked to my students about the importance of moving forward, going through trial and error, and being kind to yourself as you learn. Part of growing is navigating through personal challenges and mistakes. This is why the mistake I made and my lack of kindness to myself has been more of a challenge. Feels hypocritical to ask others to forgive themselves and not follow your own advice. Even so when it is such a minor mistake.
I released this video this week about our trip to the Kentucky Economic Association and Brooklyn Stephens’ Best Undergraduate Research Paper award. In it, I have a very small typo and it is killing me.
I am reminding myself that to improve you must create, and as you create you will make mistakes. This is part of the process of letting go. Do not let the fear of making a mistake hold you back from producing. You will only get better by producing more.
“Perfection is the enemy of progress.” — Winston Churchill
“Good is the enemy of great” — Jim Collins
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