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Shit Happens...even at NASA!

It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others and that doesn’t stop in business. Social media and the internet inundate us with stories of company success, grand accomplishments, and milestones achieved.

Social media and the internet inundate us with stories of huge successes, grand accomplishments, and milestones achieved. While comparing ourselves to these massive companies and their seemingly flawless achievements, we often fall into the trap of only focusing on what we've done wrong or what our own businesses lack in comparison.

It’s important to remember that even the most prominent players are not immune to making mistakes. In reality, errors are an inherent part of any organisation's journey. No matter how big or well-established a company may be, mistakes CAN and WILL happen. Some may be minor hiccups, while others could have more significant consequences. The key is to understand that perfection is an elusive goal, and in striving for it, we may overlook valuable opportunities for improvement.

Take NASA for example; They recently made headlines after it was announced they’d lost contact with their spacecraft, Voyager 2.

Launched back in 1977, with the mission to explore the outer solar system as well as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2 had all of its movements remotely controlled via commands sent by flight controllers here on Earth.

However, on 21st July of this year NASA revealed that it had lost contact with the space craft after controllers accidentally sent the wrong command. The error meant the probe’s antenna ever so slightly tilted away from Earth. This 2% shift was enough to sever all communications.

…did we mention that Voyager 2 is currently located around 12 BILLION MILES AWAY from Earth!

The point we’re trying to make is mistakes happen! They are an inevitable part of life and therefore business, regardless of a company's size or reputation. Accepting this reality can transform mistakes from sources of shame to powerful learning opportunities. Companies that encourage a culture of learning from mistakes pave the way for future growth, innovation, and ultimately, long-term success. After all, it is not the mistakes that define a company, but rather how they respond and evolve from them that truly matters.


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