The pandemic has to be recorded in history as two momentous years for intense introspection. I know I have expanded my thought processing and I hope you have taken it as a growth opportunity for increasing your inward improvement.

Understood, a nonprofit “dedicated to helping those who learn and think differently thrive at home, in school and in life” published a single page that hangs on my wall “15 growth mindset questions” that I will spin into ways to rethink your LinkedIn presence.

11. What can you learn from this experience or mistake?

Ah, the filet mignon of this 15 part series! The one that is meatier than the other 14, more tender in memory, and perhaps searing in emotion: you made an error, and now how to ensure it rarely happens, and not to repeat the same?

You are chewing the cud of the situation. Past tense, previously digested. You reflect on the proposal that missed, or talk that fell short of making its desired point that you had to put back the pieces together, while rethinking the process and solving the issue for the future.

Yes, tech glitches happen, and while embarrassing, most people know that it’s not entirely your fault. They’ve been there too. Even once I saw a video interview by a well-recognized tech maven and it happened to him, his cable access cut out. He returned to the broadcast a few minutes later and admitted he didn’t see that one coming. It’s likely it never will.

But plain old human error, even a faux-pas in speech, a misjudgment of the audience, a math error in a calculation, a typo on a slide, all the way to a major design flaw such as a rocket O-ring: while regrettable for loss of face, waste of money, or worst, loss of life, all these do happen, and are to be learned from as part of our experience to improve for the next time.

It’s OK to talk about midstream redirection in your career on LinkedIn, so long as you are truthful and upfront. Choose your words wisely and tell how it made you a better entrepreneur in later days.

And how you learned to prevent it from recurring in any other scenario.

As humans with a story to tell, a career narrative to weave, a service that is life-or-death, depending on viewpoint.

We need to err and forgive, but not forget why we erred in the first place.