Always admit when you are Wrong …

- August 10, 2012 2 MIN READ


Many people think that committing mistakes is shameful, and for that, they never have the courage to move towards their goal, because they don’t have the courage to face the setbacks and failures to achieve what they want. Do not be one of them!

It’s never easy to admit when you are wrong, but it is a crucial step in learning, growing and improving yourself.  You can only learn from a mistake after you accept that you’ve made it.  Never blame others when you commit a mistake, because you will only end up distancing yourself from a possible learning.  The best way to handle mistakes is to deal with it and be responsible for the consequences.  Having this kind of attitude will attract learning.

Nobody likes to admit to being wrong. But, why not? There is nothing ‘wrong’ with being wrong! We all make mistakes, and you will discover many of mine in my book “From Idea to Start-Up”! The important thing about being wrong is not so much that you did the wrong thing, as it is about how you handle it. Simply put, people admire, respect, and appreciate someone that can say ‘I was wrong’. What they like even better is someone that can follow that up with the whys and how to fix the situation.

After you’ve recognised that you were wrong, the next step is to move on by doing the following:

  • Forgive yourself.  We are often harder on ourselves than we would be on others, but remember how we would treat someone who had made the same mistake as you did.
  • Acknowledge your mistake. This is your chance to go public.  Apologise to your boss and colleagues, or anyone affected by your mistake without blaming others or the universe. Disclose the facts and situation and have a solution ready for the problem.
  • Take action. Now that you’ve acknowledged your mistake and taken responsibility for it, get back to work and do whatever it takes to solve the problem.  Giving an assurance that it will never happen again will also allow you to move on.

Having the courage to admit and process your mistakes help you discover a deeper self-identity.  Learning from mistakes requires three things:

  • Subjecting yourself to situations where you can make interesting mistakes
  • Being confident to admit your mistake
  • Having the courage to address your mistake by making changes

Mistakes aren’t fatal, but not learning from them could be.  Passing the blame on down the line serves nobody. Address the issue. Fix it. And move on.