We’ve all made mistakes at work from time to time. It’s just part of being human.  And when it happens, we try to make sure we don’t do it again.


But can you imagine being the guy whose mistake caused one of the biggest power blackouts in history?


It happened on September 8th of 2011, when power went out in all of San Diego County, Imperial County, parts of Orange and Riverside Counties and down into Mexico...affecting 7 million people.


It turned out that a mistake by a worker for an Arizona power company during some routine maintenance at a switching station caused the big blackout.


And now the Arizona power company involved has been hit a civil penalty by federal officials for that mistake and will have to pay a total of about $6.5 million dollars.


But if you’re the  guy who made the mistake, don’t feel too bad.


Because of that routine mistake 3 years ago, the way they do things in the whole power grid changed and chances are it won’t happen again.


Yes, that life lesson is true.  We can learn more from our mistakes than our accomplishments.