I learned a new word the other day. And it's a really cool word. Kintsukuroi. A beautiful word. One which fits perfectly with many of my coaching clients (and me too!).
It's a noun and verb — a Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics with metal lacquer, usually gold or silver. The concept also includes the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.
In Japanese, it actually means “to repair with gold”.
In business, there have been many fortunate mistakes — Post-It Notes, Penicillin, X-Rays, Corn Flakes, and The Slinky (read more here). And those people who made the mistakes have realized their errors and have seen their mistake turn into a lot of gold.
Mistakes are a part of life — let's get real — you're going to make a lot of them. But sometimes, we are so afraid of making them we actually hold back major successes.
But what's so bad about mistakes? if mistakes are part of life, you learn, you heal, and you move on. But sometimes we're so afraid of those mistakes, that they might impact your life in such an adverse way, we run away so far, we never understand . . . it's a learning experience.
And here's the best part — we might come out even better — just like a Kintsukuroi bowl with gold, filling in all of the cracks that we made before.
So go and make lots of mistakes . . . Enjoy!
Here are more links on Kintsukuroi:
- Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/lbrownfield/kintsukuroi/
- Tumblr - http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/kintsukuroi