January 2, 2011
Tolerance - Some Have it Some Don't
Yesterday I picked up quite a few new subscribers to this blog. It all happened because of a software glitch.
I use a very sophisticated software package to manage all my email subscriber lists. I have a mailing list for my AsktheBuilder.com site, this Fire Pit site and other sites.
I started creating the message I sent in the Fire Pit list, and all was well as I continued to save each draft.
But when I saved the last draft, I didn't check to see if I was still sending to the Fire Pit list. Somehow the software switched over to my massive AsktheBuilder.com list. I hit the Send button thinking that I was sending to the Fire Pit list.
There was an explosion all right, but it was a good one. Within hours, I had thousands of new friends.
But there was collateral damage. About 20-25 people were bitterly upset. The mean-spirited emails they sent to me were unbelievable.
You can read how upset some were right here on this blog. Just go to the comments under the US Senator Kelly Ayotte post. Wow!
I've spent hours and hours opening well over 1,000 emails from folks who said things like, "Tim, this is why there are erasers on pencils. Mistakes happen."
The vast majority of folks had tolerance. The vast majority were happy the mistake happened. The vast majority agree with much that I've written about here at the Fire Pit.
But there's a small group of people who have a zero, or near-zero, tolerance for mistakes, opinions that don't match their's, etc. You may run into folks like this in your daily life.
I urge you, in this New Year, to have as much tolerance for opinions, mistakes, and points of view as there are grains of sand on my steep New Hampshire driveway this winter. I need the sand for traction. You'll need the tolerance to navigate these turbulent times we find ourselves.
If you're a member of the Zero-Tolerance Club, I wish and pray the people you work for, are married to, are friends with and who you deal with don't apply to join your alliance. Why? Because when you make your next mistake, you'll be kicked to the curb by them just like that group of 25 or so did to me. Not only did they hate many of the posts here at the Fire Pit, but they also immediately unsubscribed from my AsktheBuilder.com newsletter.
Can you believe their ideology blinds them so much that they would ignore tens of thousands of dollars of free home-improvement tips just because they don't see eye-to-eye with me? That's just crazy.
I don't agree with the stance of Alec Baldwin on his political beliefs, but that doesn't stop me from watching 30 Rock. I don't particularly enjoy hearing Barbara Streisand talk about issues, but I still listen to her sing There's a Time FoRuss. I'm sure you get my point.