There are seldom good reasons for not maintaining high professional standards.
I have a few regrets from my 30-year history with Farmers Insurance internal audit. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great ride. And I wouldn’t be where I am today (wherever that is) if it weren’t for the opportunities and serendipities that occurred throughout my career. But there were moments where, when I look back, I did a little less than shine.
We’ve all been there — the poor decision, the incorrect conclusion, the act that may have, in retrospect, been beneath our standards. We try for the best, but we know we occasionally fall short.