National Mistake Day? Sure, Why Not!

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Someone told me August 15th was National Mistake Day. So obviously went straight to Google, where I conducted various searches to identify the inside scoop on this commemorative holiday. Much to my displeasure, I was unable to find this celebratory event anywhere. But because I don’t take no for an answer, I decided to have fun with this pseudo holiday anyway. What’s not to like about a day dedicated to your foul-ups? Everyone needs a little time to reflect on past transgressions, don’t they?

Not sure about you, but I’ve made my fair share of mistakes in the past and was very much looking forward to busting out the bubbly with my fellow what-was-I-thinking comrades while competing for the ‘Biggest Mistake’ title. As luck would have it, none of my work mates wanted to play since I was unable to prove the existence of this supposed national holiday. Their facial expressions suggested I had a sinister plan of divulging their deepest darkest secrets in an effort to blackmail them for work favors: 2 hour mandatory lunches, a snazzy espresso machine with a barista on call, or a “nap time” room filled with kittens. All of which I believe (wholeheartedly) are EXCELLENT ideas. But hey, you win some, you lose some, right?

With operation ‘Spill Your Secrets’ being a bust, I turned my attention back to Google to see what other people were willing to admit online. Here’s what I found:

Valentia Lro: “My biggest mistake was to not believing in myself. Other people see us for how we behave and if we don’t believe in ourselves why should other people?”

Preemptive Placebo: “The last summer before graduating from college I purchased a small off campus apartment building with three friends.  Together we had no written agreement, no idea whether the building would be profitable and only one of us intended to stay in the area after graduation.  It was an absolute disaster, cost me much more than the initial investment and taught me invaluable lessons. “

Timpatco: “My biggest mistake was to ignore sound business principles when it came to family. What I learnt is “blood is thicker than water” is all emotive nonsense.”

G4eth: “Wasted close to thirteen years as a Buddhist priest in training. Learned that all religion/’spirituality’ is a crock of sh*t. (Left.)”

DaveRosswell04: “I think my biggest misjudgment was trying to student teach full-time and work at the same time. This ended in my having to withdraw from student teaching in 2009.”

Rico: “As many do everyday, I have made my fair share of mistakes.  My biggest mistake is lack of commitment.  It effects all aspects of my life, relationships with family and friends, education, career…etc.  By no means, am I in denial.  I know that it is unhealthy for me to continue living in this state of fear.  I just need direction and guidance.”

Got a mistake you’d like to share? Tell us below in our comments! We’d love to hear from you.


Genevieve @BookRix

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