Embrace mistakes

WD-40 is a company that learned to make mistakes. It’s part of their DNA. In this lovely short article, they highlight their 3 tricks:

  1. Be a learner and a teacher
  2. Embrace mistakes as learning moments
  3. Live your values instead of visiting them

For a company that took 40 attempts to create the product that we know today, it seems their 3 tricks are all connected in shaping a culture that embraces, experimentation and learning.

“Leaders need to exercise good judgment, but that good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgment.”


In your team, share how you are developing experience based on making mistakes and learning. Make it a practice to share regularly to create an environment that embraces mistakes as learning moments.

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