When I was young and dumb I always thought everything I did was right. Even when I knew I was wrong I tried to convince the world I was right.
Now that I’m older and a littler wiser I learned that the best thing to do when you make a mistake is own up to it.
The best example I can think of was when I was working in a small office with only 2 other people and I was left in the office by myself for a week because the other 2 employees were at a conference. It was slow that week and I had a list of tasks to get done I just wasn’t motivated to do them and wound up only doing the minimum.
When my manager got back she sat me down and asked what I did for the week and I explained what I did. She got mad because I didn’t finish my tasks and instead of owning up and saying I was unmotivated I got defensive.
I left the company shortly after that when we both realized it wasn’t the right fit for both sides but now I think back and I should have just owned up to my mistake.
There was no reason for me not to get everything done that week and she had a right to be angry. Instead of making excuses and getting defensive I should have owned up to it.
It wouldn’t have worked out with that company anyway there were other issues but the good thing about that experience is that I learned something.
In my new role at a different company I am confident enough now to admit when I’m wrong. If I drop the ball on something I am honest about it and my coworkers respect that.
I’m human I’m going to make mistakes now I just know how to own it.
Do you own up to your mistakes? Let me know in the comments.