So one of the young lovebird tried to downplay the awkward situation, and told my principal that this was the first time they were getting cosy in school. But my principal didn't buy it. And his reply to the lovebirds was this.
First time caught doesn't mean first time done.
It is a saying I always remembered.
Even the Singapore NS (National Service) boys have a similar “Rule”.
You can do anything you like, just don't get caught.
When it comes to work, I have always been quite unorthodox in achieving the results. It doesn't mean I break the law or bribe my way through. I just prepare using casual approaches and methods not commonly deployed by managers. Hmm… “pampering” them with food doesn’t count as bribery, right? =p
I do cut corners every now and then, but in ways in which the building will not collapse because I remove a brick. And sometimes when I make minor reporting mistakes, I will conveniently disregard it, because the effort to correct it and notify the whole world doesn't justify the benefit of correcting it.
For fellow bloggers, you should know. Everytime you try to read your blog entry again, there will always be something to paraphrase or support with more information. But no matter how many times you change it, you will have to settle somewhere.
Quick and good seldom go together. I prefer to settle for in-betweens, giving pretty-quick and good-enough solutions. And to the people I work for and work with, that is good enough.
Recently I received an email from one of the overseas colleague, who discovered something that appears to be a little fault with one of the reports that I sent out. Well, a real MAN will never deny his mistakes (even though he may choose not to disclose them), and so I readily told her that it was a error on my part.
And she replied me this.
"You never make mistakes… so I never thought to check!!! Thanks
It's good to know she held me in high regards. But being so nice to me, I wanted to tell her "We all make mistakes. First time caught doesn't mean first time done."
But then that will play down my professionalism. It takes years to build up trust, and days to break it.
So I just gave a simple “No problem. Glad to be of service.”