Rushed out, took a 45-min train ride, arrived there just in time. But I couldn’t proceed because I forgot to bring my passport. I felt like a total idiot.
I was panting with fatigued legs from the 10 minute brisk walk from the train station to the training location.
I got the job as a casual professional marker and this morning’s session was there for us to be trained for our position.
I just couldn’t proceed because I didn’t bring my passport for the registration process. I tried asking if they could accept other forms of ID (driver’s licence) or whether I could do the training first then come back with my passport later.
That wasn’t possible.
So I decided to not waste anymore time hanging around, to head home to grab my passport and return for the another training session later in the afternoon.
This entire incident felt like something which didn’t go according to the way we intended it to. A mistake, a hiccup, a missed opportunity.
But in the midst of this, I decided why not learn something from it, so that this incident doesn’t go wasted?
1. If things screw up, pick yourself up and move on
Seriously, waiting around whining is just going to waste your time.
I could have hung around pleading with the staff about my situation. But since, they told me upfront that they only accept passports as ID verification for legal purposes, I knew that there’s nothing much I can do about this but to head home to retrieve that little book.
I was slightly perturbed and disappointed with myself for this, but screw it! Let’s move on from here!
2. If things screw up, don’t screw it up again
If you make a mistake, it’s fine. But if you do it again because you didn’t learn from it, then that’s bad and something needs to be done about it.
Next time, I’ll make sure I leave early (to give buffer for travelling time and unexpected delays) and ensure that I have everything I need. Even if I’m not sure whether a particular document is necessary, I’ll just bring it along – it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it but not have it.
3. If things screw up, learn from it and laugh about it
Learn from your mistakes and move on. Additionally, don’t take it personally or take things too seriously – life’s too short for us to be miserable and tightfisted.
Honestly, while I was a bit disappointed with myself, I was also laughing at myself about the incident.
4. Don’t worry about things that are beyond your control
Care and be conscientious about things within your control, but don’t fret about things beyond your control – you can’t really do much about it.
Train delayed? Not matter how much you sulk or complain, the train still won’t magically appear on your request. But you can choose to let it go and rework your schedule from there.
Rejected application/request/proposition? If you’ve tried your best already, then move on. Don’t dwell on it and undermine your self-worth because of it. Look towards other pastures – there are more opportunities awaiting you beyond this.
For my case, I decided to make my way back straight away without delay. I missed the first session, but I can still come back later.
We might have our own fair share of screw-up’s, but rest assured that it’s not the end of the day, and there are indeed many things and lessons we can learn from them. And that’s invaluable.
Image courtesy of gpparker.