Friday, March 2, 2012

Cowboy Up

Mistakes are a necessary evil in life. You feel stupid or embarrassed, pending the circumstances, for doing it but you get over it and move on.

As embarrassing as a mistake can be, the most important part is:

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Of course, no one wants to take blame or admit a slip up, but doing so is much better than trying to hide it.

My News Editing professor, who I referenced in a prior post, has seen many people get fired for not admitting mistakes opposed to making them.

The best ways to deal with mistakes are:
  • Own up right away. The longer you wait the harder it becomes and the more damage it can do.
  • Don't freak out. Stay calm, cool and collected. No one likes dramatics.
  • Not everyone needs to know--just those necessary.
A few tips to avoid mistakes are:
  • Proofread everything. Email, text or whatever, always proofread.
  • Have a coworker or friend look at it. A fresh set of eyes always helps.
  • For phone messages, always read back the information you've written down to confirm.
And it's as true as it is cliche: people learn from their mistakes. Learn your lessons and move on.

Rock out, kiddies!
- Jasmine

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