It's hard to accept... but it's all right to be wrong
I recently read a book that brushed off failing in the workplace because “no one really dies when you make a mistake”. This made it blindingly clear to me why doctors take failure so hard — the stakes can be high.
And it made me wonder if we are adequately teaching our students and helping our colleagues to cope with failure.
I’ll hold my hand up — I have failed, more than once. These failures were sometimes magnified by healthcare system issues, but there was still a little bit of me in all of them.
It’s the unexpected failures that really get you in the guts.