What do mistakes say about us?

I’m dyslexic, for obvious reasons it’s not something I shout about but then again I am not ashamed of it either.  My dyslexia is not severe and on the whole I find that technology helps, with spell checks and alike.  I am aware that I struggle to spot mistakes in written work so try to be extra vigilant and on the whole that serves me well…. especially now the days of being an Administrator are over.

But I do find that my vigilance drops when it comes to using on my phone.  When it was just text messages you could send, then in some ways it was not such a problem.  Good old predictive text helped enormously and I tended to text friends and family who understood or laughed (either was fine).  Now things are different; from my phone I updated Facebook, Tweet, Google+, text (and these are far longer than they ever were) update Linkedin, and email.    I am struggling to get into the mindset of checking and double checking what I type.

I have sent some quite nonsensical texts to my poor long-suffering husband.  I have managed to rename my son on a Facebook update.  I tweet with silly mistakes and then look like a proper numpty when I tweet a correction!  None of these are too damning (and I attempt to explain  them away using “fat fingers” and “stupid predictive text” as an excuse!) … but then I read a recent post from Bill Boorman where he was asking if you were a “Manger rather than a Manager” – highlighting the number of glaring errors on Linkedin – and it really made me think (thanks Bill).

Am I presenting myself in a bad light?  Does this have an effect on my professional standing?  There are some out there who I am sure would say that I do have to get it right.  Then again there are some out there who get their knickers in a twist about apostrophes and maybe that’s taking it too far.

So now I need to check my Linkedin and correct the errors… dot the t’s and cross the i’s…..Doh!!!


One response to “What do mistakes say about us?

  1. I have great sympathy for you. My brother is dyslexic and he frequently struggles to get the detail right. On the other hand, he is incredibly bright and hardworking. I’m a bit of a pain in the bottom when it comes to attention to detail but as I’ve gotten older and I’ve seen the impact that dyslexia has had on my brother, I have become far more aware and less anal about it. I think that you have to be true to yourself and be honest with people (without using it as a cop out). We are a diverse world and what you bring to the table is worth just as much as anyone else. We all make errors, to varying degrees and as long as you work with it rather than against it, you can’t go too far wrong. For important documentation, you will always be able to get the support you need. Really – who cares that much about tweets? I’m always ballsing them up and I have no excuse whatsoever except that I am usually trying to do more than one thing at a time!

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