“Suppose a ruler gets very angry with you. If he does, don’t quit your job… Stay calm. That will overcome the effects of your big mistake”
– King Solomon, son of David, Ecclesiastes 10:4 (NIrV)
Sonnie explains why quitting is not always a good option
All of us made mistakes-small or big. But what makes successful people different are their courage and willingness to face the consequences of their actions. They don’t hide, they don’t pass the buck, and they don’t quit.
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Those who quit don’t understand the meaning of accountability, almost often, their boss or employers end up cleaning their mess. While it is true that the process is unpleasant and sometimes humiliating, this is the right thing to do and the only way to handle mistakes. You may offer resigning from your job, but ONLY AFTER you have corrected your blunder. I suppose after you faced the consequences, resignation may not be needed. You do not and can not control the actions of your boss but you have complete control of yours, so don’t quit. Your superior is also accountable to his actions but NOT TO YOU. So if you think your leader made a fool out of you, that should be the least of your concern, he is also accountable to another person. Don’t be a “historian” or “farmer”, learn the lesson, but let go of the emotion.
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This quote said it best,
“The lighter your load, the faster you fly” (Jeppesen).
Committing an honest mistake is normal, Don’t quit, FACE IT– learn your lesson, avoid repetition. This act will not only add value to you, but to others as well. But deliberate violation of company rules are not-these may COST you, your job.
So true! Making mistakes is inevitable but we can learn from them. Without learning we can not improve. Love how you said “Don’t quit, FACE IT”
Agree. We must be responsible for our actions. As Lilian Jackson Braun said in one of her books, “Some of us are grown up at age twelve; some of us never mature. It’s not the question of whether you’re old enough to make your own decision; (BUT) are you old enough to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for the outcome if it turns out to be a BAD DECISION?.” BUT Sir Sonnie, isn’t it that the HR should also notice or take note of the attrition rate? The problem might not ONLY in the worker itself BUT ALSO in the management. Like in… Read more »
@dominiquerodrigobruce:disqus If companies don’t care if employee comes and go, I would like to assume it’s a deliberate choice. It’s an attitude issue of management.