A Mistake Turned Icon

A Mistake Turned Icon

The link above takes the reader to an article in which Bill Gates said that the now classic Control-Alt-Delete combination was a mistake. There could have been a single button for us to press for all these years when our computers have stopped functioning, but the keyboard designers did not stick to Gates’s vision. Even though not part of the master plan, this combination of keys is used by millions of users daily to log on, log off, or fix their computers.

This mistake-turned-legend further proves that just because something seems wrong at first does not mean it will forever be seen that way. Although Ctrl-Alt-Del was not in Gates’s grand vision, it wormed its way into every computer user’s vocabulary and has in no way damaged the reputation of Windows. 

In short, something that strays from your grand plan early on does not mean your professional life is doomed. As long as you’re willing to go and adapt with the changing times, few things can hurt you. Being willing to take small mistakes or hiccups in stride can alleviate much stress later on.

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Think about you…

Think about your own mistake rather than blame on other’s faults.

This sage piece of advice was brought to my attention via fortune cookie. It is wise for anyone to follow in any walk of life or in any profession, but it seemed to especially apply to recruiting for me (I guess I have it on the brain). 

If you are a candidate that is looking for a position, chances are you left your last one by choice. Whether it was a positive or negative reason for leaving, when moving on to your next position, you have to remember that you cannot blame the others for what went wrong. They may not have helped the situation, but it is always important to take a step back and evaluate yourself also. See what you did right, and what you did wrong, and how you can improve upon it for your next position. This helps perfectly with the classic interview question, “What’s your greatest weakness?” Providing a trait and a concrete example of how it hindered you, and how you are now planning to overcome it, shows the potential employer that you are coach-able, willing to learn, and always willing to improve. 

Basically, fortune cookie advice, however generic it may seem, can be applied to most everything. And it should be. If you can’t trust advice from a cookie, whose can you trust?

Just some food for thought. (I was apologizing for that pun as I wrote it.)