Why is it so hard to say I made a mistake?
Making a mistake is not a sign of weakness, just humanity.
It is a sign that we are not perfect and sometimes we stand up on a pedestal that we don’t deserve to be on because no person can achieve perfection whether in the public eye, at work or in marriage.
United Airlines took at least 3 attempts at saying they were sorry for basically beating up a passenger and dragging him off one of their planes recently in what turned out to be a YouTube success and a corporate failure.
Politicians who make mistakes virtually never admit mistakes until they are caught red handed.
Dale Carnegie encourages people to admit their mistakes quickly and emphatically. Translated that means fast and clearly.
If you haven’t apologized lately, watch what happens when you say you’re sorry and sincerely mean it.
Almost always, you wind up feeling as good as the person you apologized to.
One way not to apologize is to say “If I did anything wrong, I’m sorry”.
Every good apology contains sincerity, a bit of your own humanity and simple language.
Apologizing is another human relations tool that is misunderstood, underutilized and a great alternative to hard feelings.
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