I got this email from my friend who is a big fan of the show.
It was about her sister and she had an idea for a holiday gift for him.
It would be an iPhone game of Thrones, but with a twist.
So she wrote it down and asked me to do it.
I sent her the first draft, and she told me, “It sounds like you’re doing it wrong.”
I said, “I’m not doing it right.”
And she said, “I think this is a terrible idea.”
She was right.
And I thought, Well, that’s because you’re not doing something I’ve never done before.
So I tried it, and I said, I’m not going to do this.
She told me to wait until I was done with my first draft and to email it to her.
And she did.
She got back to me with her first draft.
She was like, “You’re doing this wrong, you’re a terrible writer.”
So I’m like, I have to make an apology, so I said “Okay, let me see if I can fix this.”
She was like “Why don’t you just say sorry, and it’ll be over.”
So I sent her her second draft.
And she was like “Oh my god, this is so dumb.
You’re doing an awesome job, but you’re just doing an amazing job.
And now I’m going to get the phone ringing off the hook.”
That’s when I realized I could never write an apology about this.
I have to get over it.
And you have to go, “This is the truth.”
Now, this was a good mistake, and it’s a lesson that I will never get over.
Now that I’m a better writer, I’ll never do anything like this again.
So if you’ve been in the “no apology” world, you have two choices.
You can say “No, I didn’t mean to do that.”
Or “Yes, I was wrong.
I know this is terrible.”
And it’s a really big deal.
It’s like the difference between a teacher and a teacher’s pet.
A teacher doesn’t apologize for making mistakes, because it’s not their job.
They apologize for failing.
But a teacher is never going to apologize for a pet that’s been abused, or an employee that has done something wrong.
So this is something I can never do.
If I had been a better person, I’d be apologizing more.
And if I had known this was wrong, I would have done this back then.
That said, the lesson I learned was, never apologize.