Who would ever imagine that falling into a pit of shame would make someone become more popular and gain more market success?
Comedian Steve Harvey committed a gaffe during his final announcement of winners in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2015. The mis-announcement of winners between Miss Philippines and Miss. Colombia blew the watching public away.
Both television and online viewers worldwide expressed different reactions. It was like the “Talk of the town”.
Harvey is a seasoned, award-winning celebrity and host. He’s much seen on shows for tv and regularly heard on his radio programs. He was a stand up comedian (recently retired), a movie actor, and a novelist (“Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man” google.co.za.)
The faux pas in the Miss Universe coronation night undermined the actor’s credibility. It grew long threads of discussion over social media posts, memes and tweets, and covered almost every print news and magazine article in the world. Indeed, it was sensational.
Well it’s human nature that when something goes differently far from the norm, everybody gets interested with it. With social media in handy for everyone, “someone’ or “something” goes viral on Facebook, trends in twitter and #s in Instagram – in just a matter of a minute.
Steve may have felt awkward upon realizing that he’s mistakenly announced the winners in the prestigious pageant. It was a wrong step and he fell into a pit.
Nevertheless, he struggled to climb up. He took all the courage and strength to correct himself by announcing the true winner in the pageant, on stage, before the whole universal audience. … such was a humbling act.
The apologetic gesture was deemed fake and comic by others, but it was like a pulley on a well from which Steve held on the rope of regrets and empathy, until he was able climb back up on the ground.
These articles, I guess, would agree with me too:
In business, it might be difficult to acknowledge your failures in a marketing campaign but like thunder you have to aggressively change the course of your plans. What’s important is, we had learn something from it. Truth is, experience are piled up failures and success so don’t think it’s something you should be ashamed of. Admit mistakes, do something about it and keep moving forward – the Steve Harvey style.
“Your best teacher is your last mistake”.
– APJ. Abdul Kalam