The Three Most Dangerous Words
I’ve heard about the three most dangerous words in the English language before. I even thought I knew them well and was wary of their use. However, I took them to a whole new level this past week.
I had a radio interview scheduled for December 30, 2015 to talk about my upcoming book, Bully Proofing You: Taming the Bully Between Your Ears. My cell phone holds my schedule and notifies me when I have an appointment coming up. I find it very useful.
For a month, I worked my schedule around that interview. I enjoy being on the radio. Not just to reach more people, but also because my dad used to be a DJ and I like following in his footsteps. Mom always asks me, “Does your dad know you’re on the radio today?”
I was on my way to my son Max’s basketball game when the notification for the appointment went off. That’s when I spoke the three most dangerous words in the English language. Do you know what they are? They are “I know that”. When the reminder popped up, I said, “I know that. I’ve been planning on it for a month.” Then I dismissed the notification without even reading it. I continued to Max’s game “knowing” the interview was right after. As I was driving to my son’s game, I got two phone calls from a number I thought I recognized. I ignored the calls because I knew I could call them back later when I had more time to talk.
When the game was over, I checked my email. I had an email from Mike Schikman, the gentleman that was doing the radio interview, informing me I had missed my time slot and he was disappointed! I was shocked. I asked myself “How could that be? The interview is not until 3:17 and it is only 2:30. What is going on?”
I sent Mike an email telling him he had every right to be disappointed and upset, that I must have put the time down wrong. He had given me the time for Eastern Standard Time and I reside in Mountain time.
Over the next few hours, I did some more research about what had happened. I like to learn from my mistakes so I don’t make them again. Did I put in the wrong time? No, I had it down for 1:17. Why didn’t I get the reminder notification? I did get the notification. WHAT HAPPENED?
Then it hit me. I had said the three most dangerous words in the English language when I had gotten the reminder notification. I saw the notice and said, “I know that. It’s at 3:17.” I never stopped to read the notice. I just assumed I knew what it said.
I have learned my lesson. I now read every notice that comes to me.
The beautiful thing is the cost was very low. Mike sent me a follow up email saying not to beat myself up to bad and how about scheduling for Jan 7, 2016 at 3:17 EST. I let him know how much I appreciated the second chance and I would not blow it again.
If you would like to join us, you can listen in at http://wsvaonline.com/ this Thursday at 3:17 Eastern time aka 1:17 Mountain Time.
I’m so excited to be on his show. He was the boys’ basketball announcer for James Madison University for 29 years.
Thanks for joining me again.
Have a wonderful day and live limitless,