But Mateo sees failure differently.
“I learned a lot from failure,” he told us. “It gives you an advantage because now you know what doesn’t work. Use it to move forward and find what works—and how to prevent it in the future.”
2. Don’t Give Up
Maintenance techs know fixing something isn’t always simple. It’s easy to get frustrated when things are going wrong.
Mateo has learned that taking a break and refreshing his mind helps him refocus on the problem. He also recommends asking for help when you’re stuck.
“Sometimes I need to work through a problem with a coworker,” he explained. “Two heads are better than one, and a different perspective can help.”
3. Take Responsibility
Mateo is the first to say that he isn’t perfect. He doesn’t hide his mistakes.
“If I screw something up, I take responsibility,” he explained. “Hiding it or denying it just makes it harder in the long run. Admitting your mistakes shows true professionalism.”
And in the end, Mateo knows those mistakes also help you prevent making other mistakes.
“You learned from it, and now you can use your mistake to improve,” he said. “And if you share that experience with others, you’re probably going to prevent someone else from making the same mistake too.
Mateo’s advice applies to everyone—no matter where you work or what you do.
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