What did I do? I mistakenly sent out an email that should have been done individually and was sent out via carbon copy.
You might think: seriously, it's not that big of a deal. You'd be right - it's not but some of the responses I received back from this mistake are horrifying.
I sent out the email to a group of life coaches. The email basically was a "reminder" email that they didn't respond to my first email (which was sent individually). One life coach called me "unethical" - she sent a message back to everyone that I mistakenly emailed and called me unethical and insinuated that I was lazy.
I did my part. I apologized to her and a few others who wrote me back negatively. I sincerely meant those apologies but her reaction really got me thinking ... since when is it OK to be so cruel to someone who clearly made a mistake?
As a marketing director, I receive hundreds of pitches from bloggers asking me to send them a product to review. On quite a few occasions, a few writers have forgotten to send the email as a BCC instead of CC. Do I rip them a new one? No. I never even mention it because it doesn't take away from the message of their email. Do I care that it was sent to 30 other people? Not at all.
So where does this woman get off calling me unethical? I made a mistake! I'm human and we ALL make mistakes. Her comments were hurtful and incredibly rude and, in my opinion, she should NOT be a life coach. Her job is to support people and help them down their new path. Does she humiliate her clients when they make mistakes? I hope not.
While I learned my lesson, I want you to ask yourself this: the last time someone made a mistake that involved you, how did you handle it?
I honestly hope that you didn't lash out at the person. Maybe you realized it was a mistake or maybe you thought the person was an idiot - either way, how did you react?
We're human, we make mistakes but does my mistake warrant the response I got? You tell me.