Sometimes we play a wrong note during a performance.
Or we stumble over a word while delivering a speech.
The mistake isn’t important; the recovery is what matters.
Do you keep the meter steady? Do you reset the cadence?
Or do you pull the emergency brake? Stop and grumble? Make a verbal apology?
The professional doesn’t live without error; she just recovers in a way that seems effortless. As a result, no one pays attention to the mistakes… if they’re even noticed at all.