Albert Einstein and a lesson about making mistakes

coaching leadership small business staffing Dec 14, 2021

While I have not been able to confirm this story to be true, the moral of the story is a good one. So I want to share it with you.

This was shared online and I happened to come across it while digesting turkey and stuffing leftover from Thanksgiving.


One day Albert Einstein wrote on the board:

9 x 1 = 9

9 x 2 = 18

9 x 3 = 27

9 x 4 = 36

9 x 5 = 45

9 x 6 = 54

9 x 7 = 63

9 x 8 = 72

9 x 9 = 81

9 x 10 = 91

The chaos started suddenly in the hall because Einstein made a mistake. This was Einstein! How could this genius get such a simple equation wrong?

Correct answer 9 × 10 =. And all his students ridiculed him.

Einstein waited for everyone to be silent and had a powerful lesson that no one soon forgot:

"Despite the fact that I analyzed nine problems correctly, no one congratulated me. But when I made one mistake, everyone started laughing. This means that even if a person is successful, society will notice his slightest mistake. And they'll like that.

So don't let criticism destroy your dreams. The only person who never makes a mistake is someone who does nothing. "



Isn't this a incredible lesson?! This is such a good reminder as we build our restoration companies in a time when staff is hard to keep, much less get new.

It is important to lift your people up and support them. Making mistakes is part of learning. Obviously it's important that we learn from mistakes and not keep repeating them. 

Having a culture that allows for mistakes and learning is critical to the success of you, your company, and your people. 

We interviewed a client on the Disaster Podcaster (Episode 4) that has a valuable lesson on company culture. Find it here.

We are also creating a 45 day E-Course that will discuss many elements of building a strong restoration company. Culture and team are big topics that will be included in the e-course.

Find out more about that e-course that is dropping mid January. There is a community that is growing that you can get access to right away! Find out more here!

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