“I was Wrong”

There is a business philosophy I subscribe to which says that if you aren’t making mistakes you aren’t trying hard enough. I believe that to get ahead in business you have to be constantly testing the edge. This means that often you are going to be wrong. The good executives are right most of the time, but they also know when they are wrong and are not afraid to admit it.

 The people who are least secure about their abilities have the hardest time admitting their mistakes. They fail to realize that making a mistake and admitting it—owning up to it—are two totally separate acts. It is not the mistake itself but how a mistake is handled that forms the lasting impression.

 These people would be so much better off, and would look so much better in the eyes of management, if they could admit their mistakes and get on with it rather than waste everyone’s time trying to rationalize them, cover them up, or lay the blame elsewhere.

 There are very capable executives who get excited about their mistakes. They feel that by doing something wrong they may have learned something right and can’t wait to try again.

 An ability to say “I was wrong” is essential to success because it’s cathartic. It allows these successful executives to “get on with it,” to put their mistakes behind them, and to move on to other things which may contribute to their next big success.


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