It’s hard to admit when we’ve make a mistake. We often think that by doing so, we’re admitting that we’re not good enough, not smart enough, or not strong enough.
And we couldn’t be more wrong.
In Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin, the authors explain “Taking ownership for mistakes and failures is hard. But doing so is key to learning, to developing solutions, and, ultimately, to victory. Those who successfully implement these principles run circles around the rest of the world.”
Yes, it’s hard to admit we made a mistake. But if we weren’t so busy trying to deny that we actually made one, maybe we would learn something, and then we could start running those circles.
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