…..owning your screw-ups is sometimes even more important than not screwing up in the first place.
The daughter of a friend is taking a summer journalism course, and one of her assignments was to interview “a journalist with international experience” about their “career choices and future goals.”
One of the questions she just sent me was so excellent that I am reprinting it, alongside my answer, below (with permission):
Q: Your byline has been seen in many internationally significant publications and you regularly comment on current events. Today I read your comments to Yahoo Sports about Russia’s doping scandal. Also today I opened your blog and read a song about “shrieking demon heads” that you wrote. Is there a contradiction between your professional persona and your artist persona? Has it affected your work? What would you say to someone who wanted to follow your example?
A: What a great question. I will be honest, I think I would have had more professional success as a journalist if…
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