How to Lose Miss Universe

Have you ever thought about the mistakes you have made in your life? How do you react to them when asked? Do you find the good in them or just dwell on the past? These are all questions that many people would be prepared for, especially in circumstances where you may be asked about them.  This could be job interviews, press interviews or even a friend asking “Did you have any regrets?”

Earlier this week, Miss Universe contestant Maria Venus Raj was asked the question “What is one big mistake that you’ve made in your life, and what did you do to make it right?” Her answer was that she has never made a major mistake in her life. If she really hadn’t made a major mistake in her life, this would definitely have been the first. This is how a favorite to win Miss Universe ends up as fourth runner up (Only five women made it to the question round).

Mistakes happen. It is realizing and admitting to your mistakes or faults, that is a step in growing as a person, employee and company. The greatest learning experiences that I have found in life are making mistakes and struggling to find a way to come back from them with pride and confidence in myself. We as people are not perfect, and we as a company are not perfect. The true character of a person and perseverance as a company shows by what you do once a mistake is made. For those of you that may be looking for a job or even a promotion, remember that this is important to your success. It is important to becoming that team leader, manager, top executive or even the best 3PL service provider. You never know when you will have an opportunity that is as important to you as being crowned Miss Universe was to Miss Philippines.

Here are a few links on making mistakes, admitting to them and learning from them:
Should you admit a mistake?
10 Ways to Handle Your Mistakes
Can You Admit You Were Wrong?

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst
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