Mark waiting at the station

Sometimes you make a fool of yourself… So What!

In life things don’t always go to plan. It would be nice if they did, but they don’t. How you react to the situation will determine your success (or otherwise). The biggest influence on your reaction is your attitude. Do you get angry? Do you get embarrassed? Or, do you shrug your shoulders and try again?

The inspiration for this article is an event that happened this morning as I was waiting to catch a train into the CBD. There was a track fault further up the line that resulted in trains running late and out of order.

I, and fifteen other people, had been sat on the platform of Jannali station for twenty minutes waiting for a train to arrive. We had been watching a train sit just outside the station for five minutes when the signals turned green and it slowly started to move towards the station.

Without looking at the screen to see what the stopping pattern for the train was I jumped up and walked towards the edge of the platform waiting for the train to stop and let the doors open so I could board. Rather than stopping the train slowly rolled through the station and I was left standing there.

As I turned to return to the bench where I had been comfortably sat I saw several faces staring at me (who obviously took the time to check the screen to see if the train was going to stop).

How embarrassing!

My reaction? Well I just laughed it off out loud. I knew I made a mistake. My fellow commuters knew I had made a mistake. There was no point hiding it. There was nothing to be embarrassed about. And my reaction brought a smile and drew a laugh from my fellow commuters too.

At some point in life we all make mistakes. We can try and pretend it didn’t happen, but you and others will know differently. Or, you can simply laugh it off and accept that no one is perfect. I find its more fun to laugh and have the world join me in smiling.

Mark Kyte
Mark Kyte is a public speaking mentor and founder of the Public Speaking Skills Academy. Mark loves helping clients achieve dynamic results that help them increase their influence and get more clients. Read more of his blog and if you like what you see check out the mentoring programs.