Every week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David scour the news to find a Hire or Fire of the Week. Hires display impeccable aplomb and go above and beyond what they’re expected to do on the job. Fires do the opposite. Tune in every week to see who’s getting Hired or Fired next.
SHOW DATE: JUNE 26, 2013
We all know how it’s like to forget what you’re going to say in front of a crowd. Now imagine millions of people watching you say something so cringe-worthy on national television that you become an instant meme.
You’d think that Marissa Powell—the third-place winner of this year’s Miss USA pageant whose atrocious answer to one of the competition’s question has gone viral (video shown below)—would be the fire of the week. But Ms. Powell is this week’s hire, and there’s an important reason. Yes, she gave a horrifyingly bad answer, but you could tell from the look in her eyes that she knew what she was saying was bad. She had a genuine awareness of the problem (unlike Ms. South Carolina’s flub from 2007), and she made a genuine attempt to stand strong. And Ms. Utah pushed through.You could tell she wanted to run off the stage, but she stuck with it till the end and survived, despite the incessant flurry of ridicule. She even ended up going on several talk shows to discuss the flub. Talk about gonads.
This is a good example to follow for anyone who streams to overcome any hurdles their job is likely to throw at them: take a stand and don’t run away from your mistakes, no matter how embarrassing they are.
By Aleksandr Smechov