Black mark

Black mark

By Rajesh Setty on Wed 26 Sep 2007, 9:00 AM – 1 Comment

You might have heard this example used in analogies before:

Imagine a white sheet with one black mark. What do you see? A white sheet or a black mark? Of course, a black mark

Now, stretching it a little bit, something for you to think about:

Think about your blog as a white sheet of paper and you have one bad post. What do people see?

Think about all your conversations as a white sheet of paper. You have one bad conversation. What do people remember?

Think about all the emails that you send to someone as a white sheet of paper. You send one bad email. What do people notice?

Think about all the speeches that you give as a white sheet of paper. You don’t prepare well for one of them and goof up. What will people remember?

Black marks gain importance defying statistics. You can’t say 99.5% of your emails are good. It’s just the 0.5% of those that have a problem – so it should be OK. Unfortunately it’s not OK. The 99.5% of those emails were taken for granted. There is nothing to notice there. Hence the other 0.5% get the attention.

You can ignore the black marks you leave behind but you can’t escape the consequences.


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Ankit Dangi  on September 26th, 2007

Excitingly, this post reminds me of an event in an epic Mahabharata, where all the Kauravas and the Pandavas were asked by their teacher Dronacharya to look at a tree and hit the arrow. It was only Arjuna who could look at a bird over there, the rest got fruits, leaves, and what not!

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