Hey friends, I made a really simple but significant mistake this past week. Something that’s essentially irreversible. But before I get to that, I want to tell you a quick story. Years ago, I got the dreaded, surprise “can you meet me in my office?” request from my boss. The brass door knob felt clammy against my hand after he asked me to close the door.
Jesse - This is brilliant. seriously. Such a great and healthy re-frame. Thank you for role modeling not blaming ourselves. honestly, such a nbd mistake!!
love love love and sending to my 21 yr old. thank you!
That boss was a terrific boss! Everyone makes mistakes. Absolutely everyone does. All the time. Anyone could make a list like that about anyone if they tried. A boss’ job is to help their team succeed not destroy them.
Also, Amazon should have a better process because people DO make these kinds of mistakes and it shouldn’t be irrevocable.
You are handling all of this with grace, congratulations! And congrats on selling your first copy of your book! 🎉
That is so on ADHD brand that it almost could have been intentional and part of its marketing! Might as well turn it into a positive. What a great story to tell for it when you do book tours! :)
This. This post made me order my copy. Thank you for your continued work on normalising things that sometimes feel so difficult to normalise.
Thank you for this. Makes me feel a lot less alone. Made a big mistake this week too. Managed to delete all of my 3rd year work from uni that I did this year because I thought (assumed and didn’t check) I had a copy of it. And not just delete but pressed the permanently delete button. More than a little heartbreaking as it’s most of my preparation for my dissertation so I’m now in contact with various IT specialists in the hope of recovering something somehow 😬
As a copyeditor, I soooo feel your pain, Jesse! Making mistakes in my line of work sends me into a downward spiral (crying/laughing). Listen, if you didn't spend too much (or any) time beating yourself up, that's another HUGE win in my books. Congrats on publishing and selling (I'm excited for my e-copy, coming soon) your first book! (ETA: "your first book")
This is such relatable content :') ♥
Does this mean we can review it early?
Yikes, what happened with the job? Was that their way of firing you? My worst nightmare...
Congrats on the book launch and your first sale! 🥳
A mistake like that is sure to sting, but I love your reframing of it.
P.S. That was a horrible boss.
I got my copy today. Does that mean I'm a ninja?! Can't wait to focus on it :)
I just had that experience at my now-former job, except my boss read them to me aloud with her manager on the line. I only had that boss for three months before being shown the door. I also suspected something like that would happen because there was a contractor who wanted my job and immediately threw me under the bus.
Many of the complaints were factually incorrect, but quite a few of them were minor points of inattentiveness.