I Made a Mistake

Dear Jean,

I made a stupid mistake on the job.  Unfortunately, it was very visible to clients and embarrassing to my boss, the owner of the company.  I’m on probation now and feel like I have ruined my whole career.  Maybe I should just change jobs and get a fresh start or something.  What do you think I should do?

Reply:

Have you apologized?  Yes?  Now, let it go.  Feeling guilty, depressed, or angry with yourself will only make it more likely that you will make another mistake.  It is time to do some major concentration on your work.  Focus each day on doing the best job that you can.  Only time and great work will restore your boss’s trust.  The fact that you are still there shows that your boss is willing to let you prove yourself again.

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