Cut the Bullshit Rant – Admit Mistakes: Why do people struggle to admit mistakes? Instead of telling the truth and explaining what they learned, people just make shit up and expect those around them to believe them. It’s actually comical. I guess it’s partly what people have grown up with…watching other famous people lie…or maybe their parents told them admitting mistakes were a sign of weakness…whatever…it’s BS.
When you admit you’re wrong, a number of things happen:
First, acknowledging where you came up short enables you to learn and grow from the mistake. Subconsciously, you’re able to think through what happened and how to improve. Rationalizing it away prevents personal growth.
Equally important, you show others that you value trust over pretending to never be wrong. This show talks about mentors. One of mine, George Hartnett, used to say “Trust Begats Trust” because you have to trust others first to earn their trust. Admitting you’re mistakes earns trust.
Admitting mistakes also shows vulnerability in you as a leader which increases accountability. Team members see that it’s important to have each other’s back. You gain their respect.
And when one person doesn’t admit a mistake, the tendency is to want to assess blame…so the blame game begins and nobody wins.
Cut the Bullshit. Admitting you’re wrong is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength.
Guest: Carrie Nardini is a marketing, fund-raising, social media manager and events organizer skilled in coordinating multiple projects simultaneously. She’s the Founder of I Made It Market, Director of both A Fair in the Park and Neighborhood Flea.
Biggest Learning Experience: Listen to Carrie’s story about her challenge to abandon her safety net and jump into entrepreneurship.
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