Letting things go, with YouTube

Go easier on yourself and the world, with Armando Iannucci, Curb Your Enthusiasm and the Young Ones.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Made a mistake on the job? Let it go. You're only digging yourself a deeper hole by pretending everything is ok. Like this chap from Armando Iannucci's show who botches the DIY on his new wardrobe. If he'd swallowed his pride and owned up straight away he could have got help long before things got out of hand. Trouble is, he's a bloke...

If you're niggled by someone else's mistake and the damage has already been done, you're only going to raise your own blood pressure moaning on about it. Let it go. Otherwise you may end up cutting a strange and sour figure - like Curb's Larry David.  

But don't let it go too much. Otherwise you can easily find yourself being taken advantage of. Take Neil from the Young Ones - he's at the bottom of a pecking order that was unbearably lowly to begin with. Give them an inch and they'll take you to the cleaners...


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