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Owning my mistake-and learning from it… July 30th, 2009 | No Comments

Oh man! Have you ever done something really stupid? I have to say, that I don’t often find myself in the position of having to slap my forehead and just laugh at my own mistake… but I got something WRONG and then couldn’t just ignore it…

So here’s the situation: I’m was supposed to call my daughter in India, so I called at 8 pm Eastern Time last night… which, if you know that whole time/space continuum thing, is 6:30 AM in India. Yikes! So I woke up the mom in her host family… and I was mortified! If that wasn’t bad enough, I didn’t talk with my daughter and had to call her back just a few minutes ago (8 am ET)… facing further EMBARRASSMENT when the mom picked up the phone again. I have to say, I would love to have just skipped that second call… I’m not used to making such mistakes and then having to re-live them was, well, adding insult to injury!

And so why do I tell you this tale of woe… it’s to chat, mercifully briefly, about making mistakes and owning them…

Is there anything in high school you wish you had done differently: Perhaps devoting more time and/or effort to a class or getting along with a teacher, working with a group on a project, quitting a team or activity in haste? During the college admissions process you have the opportunity to become reflective about your work and life in your high school years. So here are some questions for you…

☞ What have you done well?
☞ What might you have done better?
☞ What have you learned about your personal values and strengths – through what you have done well and the challenging times, both inside and outside of school?
☞ How have you changed as a result of what you have learned abut yourself and others?

So, how will you speak about yourself in your application and interviews? Be honest, share the good and the lessons learned.

Remember, everyone makes mistakes – little, big, silly, stupid, serious – they run the gamut; fewer people “own” them and learn from them. Be one of the insightful, and humble ones.

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