Posts Tagged ‘Mistakes’

I Was Wrong

December 2, 2019

While it’s true that “You’re never too old to make mistakes,” I really thought that by now I wouldn’t be proving and reproving that statement quite so often.

I’ve Mostly Beaten That Habit Anyway, But Still . . .

August 27, 2018

Yesterday while pulling my shirt off I also pulled my glasses off my face.  Usually I’m more careful than this, but yesterday I managed to yank them fully off my face.

Hearing the clatter (and being in the bathroom), I thought to myself, “Well . . . at least they missed the toilet.  Wait . . . why are they not on the floor?  Oh . . . no . . .”


As I prepared to “go diving” for them (as well as starting the hot water running for a post “dive” cleanse), I tried to find some thought to console myself with.

“Well . . .” I finally concluded.  “It’s a safe bet I won’t be chewing on the earpieces for a little while, at least.”

“It Is TOO In Dispute!”

March 10, 2017

Recently a friend of mine sent me a persuasive argument to proofread if I got the chance.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance for a couple of days, and by the time I could warn him that he was going to lose his intended audience right at the beginning, he’d already lost them.

Overall my friend’s tone in his argument was erudite and logical, but before he even began he made a mistake I’m seeing more and more lately.  He preluded his argument to a skeptical audience with “And this part isn’t in dispute, so now let me get started.”

The audience’s response was . . . eminently predictable.

You Can’t Just Teach That Kind Of Experience

April 9, 2015

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

Thomas J. Watson