The cover up is worse than the crime

My personality type is a classic right brain rebel artist. 

Here are the greatest hits of my flaws. 

Not a planner, struggles with logical thinking, experiences physical anxiety when forced to follow basic instructions and has almost zero attention to detail. 

Now that’s one hell of a resume headline. 

However, instead of hiding these weakness, or worse yet, spending time and energy and money trying to correct them, I’m learning to accept them as the reality they represent. More importantly, learning to forgive myself when I pull a me, as it were. 

Recently I had an important interview in the city. And so, I got all dressed up, wrote down the address, left my house nice and early, got a good seat on the train, had a relaxing lunch nearby, and when I finally arrived in the lobby with five minutes to spare, it occurred to me that this company has multiple locations around the city. And I showed up to the wrong one. 

Son of a bitch. 

But here’s the key moment. Instead of shaking my head at my failure, I simply called headquarters, told them exactly what happened and rescheduled for the next day. 

Instead of cursing to the sky that I always do shit like this, I headed right back to the train. And instead of allowing my sense of competency to be undone by a single mistake and then inhaling an entire box of double chocolate cookies and feeling sorry for myself on the entire ride home, I immediately turned on a playlist of my own original music and starting singing out loud. 

Because despite my flaws and failures, I’m still a talented and creative professional who creates real value in the world. 

It’s like the best detectives say. 

Sometimes the cover up is worse than the crime. 

Don’t make your pain worse by adding a layer of suffering on top of it. 

Forgive yourself and find your way back to joy. 


What does it feel like when you pull a you?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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