Contrary to popular belief – I don’t have ESP, I am not Wonder Woman, I do not have a magic wand and I don’t have super powers. I make mistakes. I am human. But I am not a failure.
Recently, in the craziness that was end of financial year, BAS season, putting our house on the market and generally trying to be all things to all people, I made the mistake of lodging something twice to the ATO.
Now, to be honest it was not the end of the world. One phone call to the ATO (ok – so that part was quite painful) and after close to 45 minutes we had the issue sorted.
“It was a simple, honest mistake. And yet I let it consume me for the best part of the day as I felt like a failure.”
I questioned my skills, my ability, my knowledge.
Oh for god’s sake girl – pull yourself together. Humans make mistakes ALL the time – no need to get your knickers in a twist.
But – is this what we are turning into? Robot like business owners who feel the need to be perfect all the time and who let a tiny mistake (which had no impact on anything in the scheme of things) make them feel like a total failure.
I tell you what a failure is. A failure is giving up, a failure is having a complete and utter lack of care, a failure is deliberately choosing to ignore said mistakes and not owning up to why it happened in the first place. A failure is not fixing the mistake. I could go on – you get the point.
So I hadn’t failed. And I am certainly no failure.
I had to tell that chip on my shoulder to piss right off. I had made a mistake. Something which I fixed as soon as I realised. The client was informed and certainly were not charged for me to fix the mistake. Communication was open and honest (even though that is always the case anyway).
I think I felt like such a failure as I see others in my industry not own up to their mistakes, so I feel like I am the only idiot who hit “publish” twice. I compare myself to others (I know I know – I should totally stop doing this but I kind of can’t help it).
“I see other industry experts not making this silly mistake and then the self doubt keeps me company. It is a very lonely place when this happens.”
So, rather than ridiculing myself for these “normal” mistakes and hazards of running a very busy and complex business – I put it out there. I say what happened and I shared the mistake in two business groups I am a part of. If my story can help one other person not make the same mistake, well then aren’t we all #winning
I also know that other business owners are not quite as loud and proud as me – so I am hoping by sharing that I am not perfect, they realise behind closed doors, many of us just have the same problems and issues as the next person. We are all normal!