I have a very nice job - well paid, more freedom than most employees, benefits, challenging work...
But last week one of the partners wanted to review some tax returns that I had been working on that I had finished, but had not printed out and reviewed. I was away at a client, so at 11pm that night, I did a quick review in our tax software. I pretty much only checked the diagnostic that lets you know if the balance sheet is balanced.
If you have the setting turned on to auto-balance if the balance sheet is off by less than $10, the diagnostic will read something like "The balance sheet is out of balance. Cash has been adjusted by $2." If you don't have auto balance turned on, it would read "The balance sheet is out of balance by $2."
I don't know if I read the diagnostic and just read it wrong, or if I thought I had checked it, but hadn't (because I was reviewing multiple returns), but it ended up being that one of the returns was out of balance by $3 without the auto-balance option turned on.
And then the partner announced this at dinner in front of two of my seniors. Who made comments about how they always check that diagnostic as their last step before turning in any tax return. And I felt so ashamed. For a $3 mistake made at 11pm at night, after working for 10 hours that day on another client, and after reviewing another tax return for a different reviewer that night.
So yeah, I hate my job when I feel like making mistakes is absolutely not allowed, but I also can't picture myself not making mistakes like that in the future when I'm tired and rushed.