Admitting you were wrong

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You cannot be perfect

‘Man is to error’ this just talks about how we all must have a flaw in order qualify to be human beings. It is true that we sometimes might look at ourselves as perfect beings, yet it is impossible to reach 100% of perfection and you can never get there. There is at least a 0.0000001% of perfection left uncovered. This is what makes us human beings.

It is okay to be imperfect
It is okay to be imperfect

As already might look to be the focus, at a point in life we make mistakes. Some of these mistakes we make are deliberate as others are innocently made even without realizing we are wrong somewhere. At the end of the day, we were wrong and we must react. In many cases, the environment around us quickly reacts in a way to show us that we are wrong unless you are not keen to realize that. Parents or guardians are there to point out these mistakes in the case of children and young adults. For adults, the spouses play this role. Some of us are also very privileged to have friends caring enough to tell us when we are wrong. Your environment must always let you understand you were wrong in a way or another.

Your environment must notify you when you are wrong
Your environment must notify you when you are wrong

How do we respond to being corrected when we go wrong? Some people are very receptive to corrections as they accept it and make corrections where necessary. Other people accept being wrong but do nothing about it, they repeat the same mistake again and again. Worse is this group of people who cannot be told anything about being wrong. They are always like ‘who are you are you to tell me that! Do you know how experienced I am in this field?’ This is the group of people who think they are the best and too skilled to make errors. Even after being told the same thing by more than one hundred people, they are still can’t consider chances of going wrong. No one is perfect.

How then should we respond to corrections? When someone tells you that you made a mistake somewhere, first listen to what they have to say. You might be at conflict with whatever they say, but after that, go back and review the whole thing or find out where the mistake is said to appear, that is only when you think you are too experienced to make a mistake. Someone cannot just approach you and point out a mistake that does not exist, it should be an alarm that there could be an unusual occurrence somewhere. Review your work to find out where. If you are wrong, the first thing is accepting that you were wrong. This is the most difficult part of it, for very many people. Admitting that one is wrong is not easy but still saves a lot. Admitting you were wrong only makes it easy to approach the whole thing for another time, but this round, keen not to make the same mistake again. It also makes it easy to face those you wronged and apologize.

Accept when you are wrong
Accept when you are wrong

Accepting you were wrong, trains the brain to record it in mind that, when you do the same thing again it is wrong, and becomes easy to change how you do things to a better way, not unless it is in advanced cases such as addiction, which results from ignoring when we are corrected and continue doing the same thing again. When you are wrong and somebody concerned faces you to let you know that you wronged them, the only comforting response you can give is accepting it and apologizing for the same. After an apology, you should make it your responsibility to avoid a repeat of the same. Through that, we become better people. With time you can get yourself to that level of experience you have always desired. You can become the best son or daughter your parents or guardians want of you, the best spouse your partner desires out of you and the best employee your boss has been looking for.


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