I have always been an overanxious person, and I used to finish everything hurriedly-until I made a serious mistake in my workplace. Now I am a lot more careful and patient about what I do.
I worked in a Japanese bank in China before I came to America, and my job was dealing with the customers’ documents such as contracts. The incident happened at one Friday afternoon five years ago. I did everything very fast like I did every day; moreover, I had an appointment with my friends after work, so I wanted to leave office on time. When I finished all of the work and thought about the appointment, my department manager gave me a contract draft and asked me to type it. He said something to me, but I didn’t pay attention to that since I wanted to begin the work at once. I glanced at my watch to know that was 5:10 and I thought that if I did quickly, I could meet my friends in time. I was too hurried to notice anything on the contract. I finished five-page work just in 20 minutes and I was so proud of my incredible typing speed. Next Monday, when I entered the office, the manager let me go to his office in anger which made me realized that something was wrong. In his office, he threw the contract which I typed last day on the table and yelled at me, “the bank’s reputation is destroyed by you”, then he showed the original copy which had a post-it on it.
After reading the notes which said “approved by general manager, type it after his revision”, I knew that I didn’t follow the direction to make the general manager correct the contract before I typed it. More seriously, he emphasized the notes to me last day, I didn’t notice that yet. My manager told me that they had to delay the meeting with the customer because of my fault. I got some serious punishment for it and I also felt ashamed for myself.
Even though I want to achieve my desired goal as fast as I can, I have to admit that haste makes waste. I learned from my disaster that once we do something in a hurry, we may not see the result as we have expected. In other words, we should advance in order and keep patient if we want to get the goal on time.
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