I don't know about you, but I tend to hoard data on my computer. I'm terrified of clicking the "empty trash" button only to find that I lost something I really need. In an age of digital dependence, it's all too easy to accidentally hit the wrong button, close the wrong window, or click the wrong option. (Just ask that stock trader who caused a frenzy with a typo last Spring.)Today, I managed to accidentally remove the labels from 1,235 email messages in my Gmail account with one click, and missed the crucial "undo this action" period, meaning there are 1,235 unlabeled but important email messages floating around in inbox abyss. I don't know that it's possible for me to go back and re-label each one, so I may end up cutting my losses. But the feelings of dread and regret surrounding just one simple click is enough to ruin your day!
In an effort to allay my suffering, tell me: have you ever done something similar? Were you able to save or fix it?
Career blunders are an unfortunate but expected part of the daily grind. Whether we slip up, trip, or flat out fall down the hallway in our most fancy heels, it's how we recover from the mess that leaves a lasting mark. How do you pick yourself up when you've had a major misstep?
- Dell misses the mark: In May, Dell launched Della, a women-specific site promoting the new Dell mini netbook. The problem? The site focused almost exclusively on using your computer for recipes and calorie-counting, which, not surprisingly, many women found kinda offensive.
- Their foreclosure, Wells Fargo’s gain: In September, a house in Malibu that had been surrendered by victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was suddenly occupied again, with wild parties being thrown on the weekends. Turns out, a VP at Wells Fargo had been using it as her vacation home.
For three more serious business blunders, keep reading.
While studying monkeys, the scientists discovered that the monkeys' brains processed information better after the monkey did something right. This learning led to better behavior as the study went on.
Despite this scientific study, I've always found that facing failure can force a person to confront the behaviors and patterns that need to change in her life. Then again, success reveals the type of actions and hard work that get results. Have you learned more from your successes or your mistakes?
Recently I was making dark-chocolate raspberry ice cream. A friend was over and he was desperate to help. Always one to encourage cooking, I told him to prepare the raspberries. Before adding the sugar to the pan, he held up the quarter-cup and asked me for permission to add it to the saute pan. However, his cup was filled with rock salt! Luckily, our disaster was averted, but replacing sugar with rock salt is a serious error that would make the dish inedible.
We all make mistakes, especially when new to the kitchen, so everyone should have something to share. Fess up: from burnt cookies to boiled-over pots, what ended up in the trash instead of on the table?
Nobody's perfect and when it comes to cooking, I've had my fair share of kitchen catastrophes. The funny thing is, I often make the same mistake over and over again! For example, every couple of months I forget that a plastic cutting board is NOT a hot plate. Last Saturday, I ruined another cutting board by placing a hot frying pan directly on top of it.
I know I'm not the only one who repeatedly messes things up, even the most skilled chefs experience kitchen bloopers. So in the spirit of dishing, tell me your common kitchen mistakes by leaving a comment below!
After a long week, I was searching for a little inspiration and I found this gem:
"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." - Mia Hamm
I think Mia Hamm is awesome, she is six months pregnant with twins in this photo and she still has time to kick it around with kids at a Soccer Clinic for Recovering Cancer Patients and Marrow Donor Drive. Go Mia...she delivered twin girls in March and I bet they are adorable.