As the head of a small company, there are few things more reassuring that hearing somebody say, "I fucked up."
I recently chasisted one of my kitchen employees. I said, "Kitchen Employee, you know what bothers me about you? You never do anything wrong. You've never made a mistake."
Kitchen Employee looks at me funny.
"I've never heard you admit to making a mistake. Somehow that really bothers me. Have you ever made a mistake?"
Surprised, Kitchen Employee says, "Sure, I make mistakes. I often make mistakes."
I say, "Name the last mistake you made."
Kitchen Employee starts scratching his chin. "Ehhh..."
I just sat there, saying nothing. I'd say a full minute went by. "I made a mistake just the other day... What was it?..."
Finally, he offered the following explanation, "I think the problem is, when I make mistakes, it's often in the morning, when you're not here. And I don't usually come and tell you about it later."
Does this remind you of anybody you know? Somebody we both know? Somebody really, really famous?