The members of the PETRIe Team have all made mistakes, but when discussing them, their advice on why they have made mistakes and how to avoid them all differ.
Zadrian Smith, Editor-in-Chief:
The biggest mistakes I’ve made in my life have come from when I did not follow my heart. When you work against your spirit, you set yourself up for failure.
Campbell Addy, Creative Director and Youth and Subculture Editor:
My mistakes come from a lack of preparation. Being under prepared is a guarantee for mistakes and failure. To avoid failure, be prepared. You can’t truly be prepared for every situation, but try and be on your toes so you can apply what you’ve learned to get yourself out of sticky situations.
Grace Carter, Editorial and Features Director:
Either from being too hot-headed, too sensitive, too fast at replying or acting in heated situations, through not concentrating enough or as a result of taking my eye off the ball, letting myself become complacent and not giving my all. When it happens, I take it as a lesson learnt - I think, breathe, walk away, and then once calm - try again.
Desi Lazarova, International Fashion Director:
Probably not knowing enough, not being aware of certain things and doing things without thinking them through first. I think it’s natural to make mistakes, otherwise how would we ever learn?
Desmond Lim Zhengs, Fashion Contributor:
Trust your instincts, as they are more likely than not to be right. Not trusting my instincts has led to mistakes. But with mistakes come lessons and life experiences, so it’s not necessarily a negative thing.
Katie Aske, Features Editor:
Hesitation and over-thinking. This is something I have been working on for the last few years and the reason I rarely say ‘I can’t’ anymore. Yes, you need to stop and think sometimes, but you should trust your gut - suck it up and do it. If you make a mistake after trusting your intuition, then it won’t be a mistake. Find the positive in what you’ve done, learn from it and move forward.
Elizabeth Neep, Features Associate:
In almost all circumstances - excluding missing a very important flight to Tokyo - my mistakes have come from acting too quickly. From speaking without thinking, from careless rushing, reacting instantaneously. For the post-internet generation, everything happens now. Though spontaneity and instinct are undoubtedly important, many of my mistakes could have been avoided by simply stepping back, even for five minutes, to really think before acting. Patience is a virtue.
Angela Hamilton-Daley, Beauty Editor:
Most of my mistakes have been because I haven’t always known how to take care of myself. I avoid making old mistakes by listening to my inner voice and asking myself what I need if I feel imbalanced - a trip to a spa is a great start.
Blake Erik, Beauty Contributor:
Some of my biggest fuck ups have occurred by over-thinking a situation before it’s even happened. By doing so, I’ve already made a finite decision without having full perspective on the end result. Assuming can be a very dangerous game, especially when in a room full of creative minds. Reminding myself to live in the moment has been extremely beneficial to my creative process. My best work comes from spontaneity.
Martin Brown, Financial Director and Politics Editor:
You can’t avoid mistakes - you can only hope to make fewer. You learn to recognise a mistake coming on - it’s a life skill.
Brillant Nyansago, Managing Editor and Social Media Editor:
Not observing enough, not reading enough and not listening.
Sorana Serban, Art Editor:
I make mistakes every day but I can’t think of any major one yet. I guess one might avoid them by doing small mistakes that don’t add up.
Charlotte Sutherland-Hawes, Lifestyle Editor:
Not listening to my intuition and doing what I know is right, even if others say it’s wrong. To avoid failure, I trust myself and make decisions based on a wide range of opinions from other people, but will always go with what feels right. I’ve also experienced failure when I’ve submitted work that doesn’t feel like it’s good down to my core - that needs no external validation.
Dimas Bian, Music Editor:
Everything can lead me on to making mistakes; there is no possible way to avoid it. But never remove the pain because the process of healing is a solitude.
Words: Team Collective