Sometimes we all act less than perfectly. Maybe we get mad and yell. Maybe we pout. Maybe we throw someone under the bus. Maybe we argue long past the point of common sense.

Or maybe, as I once witnessed, we decide to throw a chair. (OK, maybe you don't go that far.)

If you've ever behaved less than professionally, chances are you felt bad about it later--maybe for a long time.

Don't. Learn from your mistakes and let them go. And if you're struggling to do so, console yourself with the fact that some people--some very successful people--have done much worse things than you. (And most of them are NSFW, so be forewarned.)

1. Bill O'Reilly.

After you watch this, I'm willing to bet you start using "We'll do it live!" as a catchphrase when something goes wrong. (I do.)

 

2. Kasey Kasem.

America's top-40 host (and voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo) clearly doesn't appreciate being forced to make the awkward transition from upbeat music to sad stories about love and loss. (Then again, who does?)

 

3. Christian Bale.

Stay out of his eye line while he's trying to act. Is that so hard?

(I spent a year or so slipping in a "Are you professional or not?" whenever I could. Same with "Oh, good for you..."--and now you probably will, too.)

 

4. Jesse Jackson.

Listen to this and then decide just how Reverend Jackson's comment about his desire to remove an important part of then-Senator Barak Obama's anatomy was "taken out of context." (If you decide it was, boy, I need to start using that excuse a lot more often.)

 

5. Reese Witherspoon.

Admit it: You've always wanted to play the "Do you know who I am?" card. (First I have to actually be somebody, but still.)

 

6. Kanye West.

I'm not saying his opinion was wrong. And I'm not saying he isn't entitled to his opinion. But I am saying that there is a time and a place for everything, and in this instance, he found neither.

 

7. Buddy Rich.

Before drummers like John Bonham, Keith Moon, and the inimitable Questlove, there was Buddy Rich. Arguably the best-known drummer in the world, he was also a bandleader, and in that capacity was definitely a poster child for abusive leadership techniques.

Try to imagine talking this way to your team.

Then again, don't imagine it. Don't even think about it. Ever.

Published on: Mar 13, 2015
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