Mistakes Can Work for You
Bernie Siegel

  

Misdirections can be a blessing.  If you start off by going the wrong way and meet someone you have been looking for, you end up happy about your mistake.

A contractor I know was hired to pave a driveway in a neighborhood where he'd never worked before.  He paved the drive and then knocked on the door to ask for payment.  A woman he'd never seen before came to the door, and after a few moments of confusion the contractor realized he had paved the wrong driveway.  The woman said her driveway had needed paving and offered to pay him something, but the contractor refused any payment.  He told her that he had misread the mailbox, it was his error and that was that.  He moved his equipment next door and went to work on the correct driveway.

What do you think the neighbors thought when they heard about the contractor who paved the wrong driveway and refused any payment?  Did they think he was inept?  That they wouldn't want someone who couldn't find the right address working for them?

No, the neighbors all talked about how nice he was and everyone in the neighborhood who needed their driveway paved hired him.  He had more business because of his mistake and kindness than from advertising.

Don't let mistakes discourage you.  A mistake is an opportunity to show you have heart.  Be willing to say you are sorry.  If you follow up your mistakes by doing the right thing, without making excuses, you show everyone you care about them and are responsible and trustworthy.
  
  

Prescriptions for Living
Bernie S. Siegel

A nice look at life
from a formerly
anal-retentive doctor
who shaved his head,
changed his name
from "Dr. Siegel" to Bernie,
and actually started
caring for his patients.
He learned more from the
changes than they did.

  
   

People should never be ashamed to own they have been in the wrong,
which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today
than they were yesterday.

Alexander Pope

  


 
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