The athlete Maurice Greene came up with a great quote, “To be number one, you must train like you are number two.”
Former world chess champion Gary Kasparov developed this theme.
Not many of us are world champions, but we can learn from their attitude. What Greene and Kasparov shared was a desire to improve that fueled their ability to apply hard work and, in particular, examine their mistakes.
Now, it’s quite possible we don’t feel it is worth the time and effort! However if we do think its worth investing in ourselves in this way, then, no matter, what the field and the level of ability, one of the best energy-efficient ways to find improvement is to examine our mistakes.