Monday, 03 November 2014 15:44

Letter From the Made Woman Mag Staff

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Letter from our Editor-in-Chief, Serena Watson -- November 3, 2014

It's nearing the end of the year and things seem to be speeding up. Now along with everything else, you have to add the holiday hoopla onto your long list of tasks. It can be overwhelming. And when you're overwhelmed and moving at the speed of Superwoman you are bound to make some mistakes. Just saying.

So what happens when the sh*t goes bad? I'm talking a huge mistake at work or with your business or maybe even in your personal life. How do you handle it? First and foremost, you have to own up to it. Usually covering things up only works for so long. When your boss or coworkers find out, on top of explaining the mistake you'll have to explain why you covered it up or worse, lied about it. So own up, quickly!

Secondly, you should focus on next steps. Beating yourself up about something in the past is wasted energy. Quickly turn your attention to what you can do to clean up the mess rather than wallow in it. Maybe stay late at work or work on the weekends to fix something. Or if it's personal, maybe send a friend a card or flowers to show you still care. People will respect you more if they see that you are going above and beyond to make up for your blunder.

Lastly, it's important to learn from your slip up and move on. Think of these moments as turning points. You've learned something valuable through your error and you know now you won't ever do it again. And if you can shake the sense of failure or embarrassment, remember that your career is going to be long and no one will remember this years later. So treat yourself to a mani/pedi and move on! You are bigger than your mistakes!

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A graduate of Annenberg School for Communication at USC, Serena Watson holds a deep respect for the power of mass media. Serena started out at a national advertising agency in LA. No stranger to the hustle, Serena also worked double duty as the marketing coordinator for a start-up company and as a producer for an independent film. Currently she works for a major film and television studio.  Serena co-founded Made Woman with the hope of combining her interest in media and love of writing in order to create real dialogue on issues and generate positive commentary for women.

Connect with our Editor-in-Chief on Twitter: @SelfMadeMiss

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