The good news about making a mistake is that eventually, you learn that when you make one, you can trust yourself to just fix it and move forward.
I admit I still sometimes struggle with admitting my mistakes. It’s something that I think we all struggle with at least sometimes, in part because certain mistakes are just harder to admit than others. Continue reading
Life involves a series of rules, according to the character Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the long-running TV show, NCIS.
It’s harder to admit a mistake than to deny you made it. So why would anyone say that making an apology is a sign of weakness?
One of those rules is Rule #6, “Never apologize, it’s a sign of weakness.”
Gibbs got it wrong.
It’s harder to admit a mistake than to deny you made it. So which action is the sign of weakness?
It’s not a sign of weakness to apologize. It’s a sign of strength. But that’s not the real reason why you must apologize.
I have a very good friend who is a wonderful person, yet he struggles in vain to be able to admit he is wrong, about almost anything, no matter how small or inconsequential. He has not yet learned it is better to admit you’re wrong than to maintain the façade of being right.
Others can spot when you try to hide your mistakes by blending them in to the truth.
He will go to great lengths to justify, explain, link or obfuscate what he just said a minute ago to something that is the polar opposite.
You might know someone just like my friend. You might even struggle just like my friend.
You already know that admitting a mistake and then taking responsibility for it is not easy. Continue reading