3 Ways to Recover From Mistakes Gracefully
Because we all make mistakes
Humans have a natural averse reaction towards making mistakes. Fear, pride, pressure at work, whatever it is, many of us dislike the feeling of being wrong. Though to some degree, it can be a good thing because it encourages us to do things better. But excessive fear or perfectionism could prevent you from learning or developing a new skill that can ultimately benefit you (and those around you, too). So the next time you slip-up at work or say something awkward at a social affair, don’t sweat it. Here are 3 things we learned from the Internet that taught us to recover from our mistakes gracefully.
Not all speeches at the Golden Globes received praise as Tom Hiddleston’s acceptance piece failed to express his good intentions. Hiddleston was talking about his recent trip to South Sudan where he was approached by a group of doctors and nurses who said they binge-watched The Night Manager in which the actor stars. He continues to share how moved he was with “the idea that we could provide some relief and entertainment for people…who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken.” He later apologized on social media saying, “I apologize that my nerves got the better of me.”
The lesson: It’s true that sometimes our nerves get the better of us and we end up saying the wrong things. Just own up to it and do better next time.
BBC Breakfast presenter Jon Kay’s blunder made headlines early this week after accidentally introducing the wrong guest and mistaking academic Dr. Todd Landman for Mount Everest climber Leslie Binns. Dr. Landman responds, “I think you have the wrong guest,” to which co-presenter Rachel Burden replies in jest, “Ah, you are Todd Landman aren’t you? You know it’s ever so funny, I looked at this man and thought, ‘he doesn’t necessarily look like a mountaineer.’” Nice save, Rachel. See what went wrong.
The lesson: As someone once said, “A good laugh makes any interview, or any conversation, so much better.” So don’ take your mistake too seriously; have a sense of humor. Promise, you’ll laugh about it later
Who could forget one of television’s most cringe worthy moments that launched thousands of hate mail and memes? Over a year later, we find out the production crew said the wrong name. Steve Harvey explains in an interview, “The guy said, ‘We’ll straighten it out in the media tomorrow.’ And I said, ‘No, I’m gonna do it now.’ And I walked out there.”
The lesson: Sure, Steve Harvey could have saved himself the trouble but then he’d be taking away that glorious moment from 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. What we’ve learned? Just do the right thing.