Especially career wise, I find that most of my regrets are errors of omission too.
The things I wish I had tried, suggestions I should have made, risks I should have taken…
Do you find this true too?
I want to say that for a long time I didn’t know any better, but maybe I was just scared.
Or maybe, it’s outcomes that we can see play out are easier to get past, while outcomes that remain hidden forever eat us up playing “what could have been.”
And in the long run, research shows that the mistakes we regret are not errors of commission, but errors of omission. If we could do things over, most of us would censor ourselves less and express our ideas more. That’s exactly what Carmen Medina and Donna Dubinsky did, and it left them with few regrets.
-Adam Grant, Originals