Few days back our ship called Haifa port in Israel and as per Israeli regulations, prior entering 100 nautical miles from their coast line, a mandatory reporting to Israeli Navy was required. As our ship is on a regular call to Israeli ports and having done the reporting before – I knew what was required from our end. However, for this particular call the report was required to be sent at an hour which coincided with my morning gym timings. So to be ready before hand, I saved the mail in my draft and kept the attachments open – ready to be filled with position, course, speed etc required to be filled at the time of reporting. At the time of reporting I updated all the forms and having sent the mail I rushed myself to our gym.
About an hour when I came back, to my surprise I found my mail box filled with various mails from Israeli Navy asking my immediate action to resend the report and this time with all required attachments :-). Somehow in my rush to gym I sent them the mail without any attachments. Well, the mistake was corrected there and then and the mail was re-sent and this time with attachments too.
Once we safely berthed Haifa port and to share my experience with all my officers, I called up a small meeting and as a cricket fan and to have their attention started our meeting asking them an easy question:
A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat cost $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? ____ cents.
Once I had their attention I shared with them my missing attachment incident and highlighted that our “Been there – Done that” attitude doesn’t guarantee no mistakes. To Errrr and to commit ditzy blunders is what makes us human but to learn from our mistakes is what makes us more human.
A reporter asked one CEO “How have you been so successful?”
“Good decisions”, CEO replied
“But how do you take good decisions, Sir?” the reporter asked
“Experience”, CEO replied
“And How have you manage to get it, sir?” the reporter asked
“Bad decisions”, CEO replied
The man on the top of the mountain didn’t just fall there. Many times he erred but unlike most of us commenting from the stands he just got up and played in the field because deep down he knows that no one is much to be pitied as the person who tries nothing. Till the time the webmail is prompted with an alert for not attaching an attachment while mentioning the word attachment in the mail, I am sure I will not be rushing to the gym but for my readers who tried answering bat and ball question by saying 10 cents as the cost of the ball, kindly note the correct answer is 5 cents (Remember bat cost $1 more than the ball, Ball – 5 cents, Bat- 1.05, Total cost – 1.10)
Let’s end by filling the blank:
Sometimes we win and Sometimes we _____.
Yes, rightly filled – Sometimes we win and sometimes we LEARN and I believe this is what make humans more human.