The Importance of Making Mistakes


My name is Rita, and sometimes I’m a real screw-up. I make a lot of mistakes.

Sometimes really dumb ones.

And forgive me if I’m wrong, but I bet I just described how you might feel on occasion.

The simple truth is that we all fear failure. And we are so quick to forget the value of mistakes. Today I’m going to share three ways that my own mistakes have made me a stronger business owner.

I Learn What Works (And What Doesn’t)

When I started making Embroidery Patterns for my shop, I learned that things I thought would translate well just didn’t. Or things that I thought for sure would sell were total duds. Making these mistakes helps you hone your craft as well as get a better idea of who your clients/customers are.

However, I’m not just learning more about my clients’ preferences; I’m learning about things that don’t work well for me as a maker, too. For example, I used to offer stationery in my shop. I had a few orders, but I didn’t feel joyful when it was time to fulfill the order. It felt tedious. I really don’t want those kinds of feelings to go into my work. So as a result, I nixed those items and moved onto things that were enjoyable to make and that my customers also loved.

I Learn Something New About Me

When I launched my shop, I didn’t realize the scope and breadth of what I was getting into. Honestly, I wasn’t entirely sure of the direction of my shop at all.

As I worked on my craft, I learned more about how I liked to work, and who I liked to work with. That led me to wanting to work with other makers and business owners; I found work that fed my soul, and I never would have known had I not channeled it.

I Get Better With Every Mistake

And you will too! Practice makes perfect after all. As a perfectionist, I struggle and get frustrated when I’m not immediately good at something. But all things worth pursuing take time and mistakes. You’ll never learn if you never try.

Your turn! What are some mistakes you’ve made since becoming a business owner? How did those mistakes help you grow?

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Making Mistakes

  1. Sandra Törnroth says:

    OMG, I am like you! Hahaha! I have learned A LOT in my 1.5 years in business. I am stunned I even made sales, in the beginning, looking backward. 😀 Well as you mention, it is a learning curve and it takes time and self-reflection (and lots of humor). I notice my change to clipart (from prints) are so fun and I enjoy it so much. I love connecting with other shops and designers. 🙂

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