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Whitney Anderson

Mistakes. We all make them, right? My question is, how gracious are you with yourself when you make mistakes? Are you more or less gracious with yourself than you are with other people when they make mistakes?

These are questions I had to ask myself. My answers are that I don’t give myself much grace, if any, for making mistakes. On the other hand, when others make mistakes, I have mountains of grace and understanding for them. The phrase “You are your harshest critic” comes to mind.


On the last round of charms, I shipped the largest volume of orders I’d ever dealt with at once! After organizing all of the orders, I realized I had an extra charm. In my inventory it was marked sold out. All of the orders were sitting with their respective packing slips and labels. So why did I still have this extra charm?. I checked again, and again, but everything seemed to be in order. I came to the conclusion that I must have miscounted the original amount of charms. Even though that didn’t sit right with me, rather than adding the extra charm to my website, I decided to wait.

A few days later, as customers began to receive their orders, I got an email! A customer had only received one charm rather than two. It was the answer to my extra charm! I felt both relieved for the answer, and terrible for making this mistake. My customer was so understanding of the situation. I quickly shipped out the missing order and then brainstormed ways to avoid making such mistakes in the future.

Moving Forward:

I’m learning to be more gracious with myself. It’s not something that will happen overnight, but I know the work I put in will be worth it in the end. I have also developed a new system for organizing and packaging (especially when my outgoing order volume is high). This will ensure that I can maintain professional business operation.

For You:

If this post spoke to you, I hope that it will encourage you to give yourself grace. The ultimate goals for business are typically to be professional and avoid mistakes. If you do happen to make a mistake, please try to go easy on yourself. Then you can do what’s necessary to right the wrong, followed by creating a plan that will help you avoid making that mistake again. This can also apply to other areas in life that don’t involve business. Below is a sticky note I made for myself, and for any of you who needed this reminder.

Thank you for reading!


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