A VERY WISE PERSON once reminded me that living with regret and remorse is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Looking back over my life, I have certainly made some mistakes, some bigger than others. But both my mistakes and my accomplishments have gotten me where I am today. I don’t think I’d want to do any of it over or differently.

What appears to be a more valuable exercise is to answer this question: If confronted with the same problem or circumstances in the future, what would I do differently to get the result I really want?

In working with your mentoring partner, the discussion around this question will open doors to more creative problem-solving and make it easier to let go of the sting of defeat or failure.