Motivational Monday-Do You Admit To Your Mistakes or Do You Blame Others?

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Motivational Monday-Do You Admit To Your Mistakes or Do You Blame Others?

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations"

-Steve Jobs

I don't know about anyone else but I grew up around so many people that loved loved loved to play the victim, and had an excuse for everything and why when something went wrong and it was never their fault. I think those attitudes kind of set the tone for my mind set, never be the victim, accept the fact the crap is going to go wrong, you're going to trip and fall on your face a few times, but instead of sitting there crying about it get up dust yourself off, be aware of what the problem was, but keep moving.

I learned that victims never learn from their mistakes. They will keep making the same mistakes over and over again and always have someone else to blame for their failures. When presented with solutions they will have every single excuse on why not to proceed in that postive direction.

In business and in life making mistakes is what helps us grow, and at times gives us strength. The quicker you acknowledge the mistake, admit to it, the quicker you can correct the problem and move one. It's not a failure as long as you learn from it and correct it.

Another example is personally, I am a very clumsy girl.. I have literally tripped and fell on my face so many times. Every time I trip the longer I sit there crying about it, the more attention I am going to grab (that I don't want) the more humiliation I am going to suffer, and the harder it is going to be to get back up.  I have found the best solution to my clumsiness is jump back up as quick as I fell down, throw my arms up in the air and yell "DISMOUNT", it's acknowledging I made a mistake instantly, picking myself back up, not letting the humilation keep me from moving forward, going at it from that approach usually get a few applauses and a lot of giggles.

Life is about growth, making mistakes so you can correct them is part of that growth.  The longer you put off admitting your mistakes the longer you are going to hinder your growth!

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Stacey Smith
Coldwell Banker-Residential Properties
BRE. License #01845411

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Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I admit mistakes because it is faster to my recovery.  Blame causes things to fester.

Sep 25, 2011 07:45 PM #1
Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Great post...we all make mistakes, no one is perfect. I admit to the mistake..apologize if needed and move on!

Sep 25, 2011 07:52 PM #2
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Stacey,

I grew up the opposite.

We all make mistakes.

It is OK.

Admit, ask for forgiveness (if you need to) and move on.

Don't lie.

Don't cover up.

It is OK. Really!

Now move on.


Sep 25, 2011 11:35 PM #3
Bill Blankenship
Lisa Von Domek & Associates, LLC / Real Living Real Estate Group - Midlothian, TX

Great blog, Stacey...we are human, we will make mistakes - how we deal with them shows our character.

Sep 26, 2011 02:12 AM #4
Kathleen Donovan
RE/MAX South County - Charlestown, RI
GRI, CBR, SRES, South County RI Residential Speci

Hi Stacey, hahaha; DISMOUNT ! I LOVE it!!! I share the clumsiness with you and will remember that the next time I wipe out or bump into the corner of a wall!! Thanks for writing this, it's better to own up than spend your energy on placing blame. Have a great day.

Sep 26, 2011 02:19 AM #5
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Stacey, extreemly well put. The victim mentality is draining. I am the first to admit if I've made a boo boo. Stuff happens. I'm not the kind of person that tells people that well..."she did it not me...."

No pointing fingers.

No hiding behind excuses.

Just be real.

We all prefer real.



Sep 26, 2011 05:10 AM #6
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX


Sep 26, 2011 05:11 AM #7
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Good point.  It is a waste of time to live in denial.  Admitting the problem or mistake is the first step in moving on.

Sep 27, 2011 09:08 AM #8
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Nice post, Stacey and very much worthy of a feature -- congrats!  I loved the gymnastics reference too.  have a
good night, Eric

Sep 27, 2011 01:29 PM #9
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates | Expert Advisor Home Services | eXp Realty, LLC - Roanoke, TX
-"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!"

Hi Stacey, boy I have made some mistakes in business over the years, and thankfully admitted to them, although not totally public yet.....perhaps that can wait for a future book deal.  I appreciated your comments on my True meaning post the other day regarding future Amabassador....really appreciated it.  Time will tell.  Feel like i'm starting to hit my stride in the rain...

Sep 27, 2011 07:37 PM #10
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