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March Newsletter - Disclosing your mistakes

21st March 2016

Welcome to my march Newsletter!


Thank you to all those who have reminded me to post another newsletter, your encouragement and support is really appreciated.
I believe that life returns to you what you put into it. One of the main tenets of my life remains the “Golden Rule” which was instilled into me by my parents:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” or more simply put “What you give is what you get.”
We are now well into the Year of the Monkey and I hope that all is proceeding well. My quotes for today are about mistakes.
1.         “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
            Albert Einstein
2.         “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
            Mahatma Gandhi

3.         “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make                       mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
            Paulo Coelho

Mistakes always will happen when you are constantly learning. I have made my fair share, sometimes I believe that I have had more than my fair share but that is another story. I have learnt, that for me to learn and grow, mistakes are part of the territory and that owing up as soon as possible, gains greater learning and forgiveness. I wish to share a learning that has always remained with me:

If you FAIL, never give up because F.A.I.L means
“First Attempt In Learning”
END is not the end. In fact E.N.D means
“Effort Never Dies”.
If you get NO as an answer, remember N.O means
“Next Opportunity”.

Memory is very often unreliable and often recall varies from the facts. In my practice of law, litigation plays a very large proportion. Clients will often recall events at variance from what had factually occurred. I have found that disclosing mistakes at the earliest opportunity has resulted in better outcomes for my clients, whereas delay in disclosing mistakes often leads to situations that seriously disadvantage them. I have found this to be true in all areas of life. It has often been the case that early disclosure of mistakes has led to a negotiated settlement which, although both parties may not particularly like it, it is one with which they can live. This has saved them money, time and legal costs.
Wishing you a great day,

ps. Please join me for breakfast at 7.30 am on Wednesday 4 May 2016. Your RSVP by email is appreciated.


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