When You Make a Really Big Mistake at Work


Small mistakes are one thing, like the following I’ve managed to do in the last month…

Forgetting to purchase candles for a birthday cake (in NYC, it’s easy enough to run out and purchase a set)

forgot the birthday candles

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Or also forgetting to purchase juice boxes and water bottles for said party (another easy fix)

A bigger issue comes about when you’ve thought you’ve purchased flight tickets for one of your employers – gone through the airline’s site, entered all the passenger info, chosen a seat, and hit the submit payment info – and then your boss gets to the airport and no reservation exists!

A) I am horrified.

B) I am embarrassed.

C) I better apologize and learn from this because even if I cannot put my finger on what went wrong, something I did did not go as smoothly as it could have, and I need to ensure my employer is not put in the position again of having to be terrified and frustrated at the airport (at least that’s how I would feel).

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Courtesy of Amazon

As much nice as it would be to never think of this again, I don’t ever want to erase my mistakes. Embracing your mistakes builds character.

collection of mistakes

Not everyone has employers that are as thoughtful as mine, but at the least I hope that you can come to term with the mistakes you make in a healthy way, knowing that if you acknowledge them they will only make you a more circumspect and successful person going forward.

2 Comments on “When You Make a Really Big Mistake at Work”

    1. Oh that would make me tinge with regret. Glad you recognize that this is human mistake. And you just have to be more careful next time!

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