I saw the link on my sign-on page: Rolls Royce Sales Sore Worldwide.
I thought, “Hmmm, sounds like Rolls Royce is going through a hard time.” So I clicked on the link and discovered that Rolls Royce’s sales are actually soaring worldwide.
Mistakes happen all the time. But they are not all created equal.
Joe Biden once said in a debate that back when FDR was president, Americans would gather around the television set to watch the news. That, of course, was a glaring mistake (there were no televisions in American homes when FDR was president), but nobody was maimed or killed as a result.
At the other end of the spectrum, we now know that requests for additional security at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, were not granted (a terrible mistake), resulting in the deaths of four Americans, including our ambassador, Chris Stevens.
All mistakes are not created equal.
Personally, I don’t care how many mistakes a person makes. I want to know if he makes the big ones or the little ones.
It’s one thing if a husband works too much. It’s another if he cheats on his wife.
It’s one thing if a businessman is a sloppy bookkeeper. It’s another if he cheats on his taxes.
It’s one thing if a student doesn’t do his best work on his term paper. It’s another if he plagiarizes it.
It’s one thing if a consumer overspends. It’s another if he does so while having no intention of paying his bills.
To be honest, we could probably come up with a rating system for mistakes like we have for hurricanes. Category 1, category 2, category 3, and so on. Believe me, those of us who live in Florida are well acquainted with that system. It tells us what kind of trouble to expect.
A word of advice: If you’re thinking about marrying someone or hiring someone or voting for someone or going into business with someone, don’t ask yourself if he makes mistakes. You already know the answer to that question. Ask yourself if he makes the big ones or the little ones.