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“Castle”- Owning Up To Your FAIL

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Richard Castle's (Nathan Fillion) "in a pinch" for his mistake on "Castle"

Richard Castle's (Nathan Fillion) "in a pinch" for his mistake on "Castle"

Not that big a fan of shows about murder mysteries, but “Castle” is admittedly good stuff. In the season premiere, the only way to keep his ‘ride along’ arrangement with Det. Beckett is to admit he screwed up when he dug in to her mother’s murder case. In an age where denying responsibility is the norm, should you ever own up to your own mistakes at work or in your career in general?

The quick rundown for the uninitiated- “Castle” is about mystery novelist Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) who investigates murders with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) for the sake of research for his current and future novels( I’ll save the workplace romance innuendos for another post). In”Deep in Death”, Castle has jeopardized his arrangement with Beckett by investigating into her mother’s murder. He thought he was trying to put the case to rest for her. She thinks he dug up something she’s tried for so long to put behind her. They both agree that once they solve the case of white-collar pro turn dead drug mule is solved, Castle is done tagging along on her cases. After they’ve solved the case, Castle’s daughter Alexis (played by Molly C. Quinn) discusses a boyfriend FAIL moment with her father. She ends by asking why can’t guys just say they’re sorry. Castle thanks and hugs his daughter, goes straight to the police station and apologizes in earnest to Beckett, who decides to change her mind about ending the arrangement.

FAIL- Own It or Deny It?

While its debatable whether or not Castle got off too easy, it’s important to determine(for each of us) how we handle accountability for our mistakes not just at work, but in general. Eve Tahmincioglu looks at the risks/benefits of whether or not to admit a mistake in “Should You Admit a Mistake?“.

I’m an Owner

A couple of weeks ago, I had plans with the family to fry a turkey breast, which involves a rather large, and dangerous outdoor fryer. The day we were supposed to cook it, the ‘head chef’ (my sister) had some scheduling issues the rest of us weren’t aware of and were left to assume we’re to cook the turkey breast on our own. After a butt-load of mis-communication and erroneous assumptions later, I ended up burning a whole at the bottom of the fryer. Totally owned it, which enabled me along with the rest of us to improvise a method of frying a turkey breast indoors, WITHOUT the house fire. The only way I can feel better about screwing up and rectifying the situation is for me to own it. I know it depends on the individual, what they did, and what the situation is before deciding to own up to something, but it’s just easier for me to own it. I think it’s wasteful to point fingers, especially before a problem is solved, and I really like being part of the solution, even if I caused the problem to begin with.

Should you own or deny your mistakes? Weigh in here.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

September 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm

“Eureka”- Embracing FAIL

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Colin Ferguson and Jordan Hinson in "Eureka"

Colin Ferguson and Jordan Hinson in "Eureka"

There’s a funny side, a painful side, and a tragic side to failing. What the last episode of “Eureka” shows us is the most meaningful side of failure- the “successful” side.

In “You Don’t Know Jack”, Sheriff Carter’s daughter Zoe (played by Jordan Hinson) is at a loss to decide what memories to add to Eureka’s version of a time capsule. From her perspective, all the memories she has of Eureka are of the mistakes she has made. Henry Deacon (played by Joe Morton), the mayor of Eureka does his best to change her point of view on mistakes and failure. “..mistakes are what makes the exceptional, possible” and “..mistakes can lead to new directions. Sometimes the wrong path, leads to the right path so just give it time, and you will find your OWN path“,  Henry sages. Never get tired of hearing that.

It’s growing trend in corporate culture to embrace mistakes and failures in order achieve greater success more quickly. Arguably one of the best examples of companies and employees embracing failure is a much socially shared video produced by Honda “FAILURE- The Secret to Success“.

I’ve been waiting to blog about this for a long time. It really is the one idea that keeps me going. Hopefully you have been, or will be working for a long time. In that time, if you ever fail or make a mistake, you’re actually doing it RIGHT. It’s hard to get anywhere much less know any real success unless you make mistakes and fall on your butt sometimes. Honda’s employees aren’t the only ones to realize it takes failure to achieve success. Any successful individual who’s above-board will tell you it takes a lot of failing to achieve success. Anyone you think is successful and hasn’t failed is either really good at hiding or lying about their mistakes, period.

No matter what mistakes you’ve made or if you’re the featured subject on the FAIL blog, if you learn from the past, let it inspire ideas about the future, believe in yourself and your dreams, you’ll end up being thankful for those mistakes when you finally hold success in your hands.

Got a story where failure led to success? Post it here.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

August 31, 2009 at 4:37 pm