Last week I shared a newsletter about two mountains. Everest and Gangkhar Puensum.
You can read it here.
Like a numpty, I messed up the opening line. I think most people worked out what I was hoping to say.
I had some lovely fun comments from kind readers apologising for their pedantism (I had to look that up) and suggesting with winky emojis 😉 I should check twice and press send once.
But then there were a few, let’s say… ‘snarky’ comments.
‘Not very brilliant Heppell’.
‘This doesn’t make sense!’
And my favourite – sent in caps. ‘YOU MEAN ‘LEAST’!!!’
I’ve been running a personal development company for 25 years and in that time I’ve made a few gaffes.
My mate Patrick Kielty shared with TEAM17 his wonderful mantra on the subject of making mistakes, ‘No one cares’.
Miss a comma, ‘No one cares’.
Forgot to put the bins out, ‘No one cares’.
Mess up a presentation, ‘No one cares’.
Messing up the first sentence in a newsletter to 10,000 people, ‘No one cares’.
Well a few did!
So, I flipped it, messaged back thanking them for caring and reminded them there’s an unsubscribe button at the base of every newsletter.
The replies were wonderful.
‘Thanks for your message. Nice to know you are real person.’
‘Noooo, I love your messages’.
And from the shouty one: ‘NO PROBLEM MATE’ (still screaming 😂)
You could be thinking, ‘Well you care enough to write this’.
But the message remains. And maybe it should be:
Made a mistake?
It’s OK. No one cares enough that you should feel bad.
As always, I’d love to know your thoughts below.