Evidently, some who have achieved significant positions of status view it as an admission of fallibility and human frailty to admit they are capable of making errors. This is why we don’t often hear politicians say, “I did it, it was my mistake. I shouldn’t have voted for that bill.”
When my children were small I remember how hard it was to acknowledge mistakes I made as a parent. When I lost my temper or said unkind words, I asked for their forgiveness. But admitting I had made mistakes was tough. Parents are supposed to know better; they’re old enough to have “already learned.”
Rather than it being a sign of weakness, our admission of error is actually a sign of strength. When we acknowledge our mistakes we remove ourselves from the impossible pedestal of perfection and admit that we are indeed part of the human race. Everyone else already knows it, but our acceptance of this reality gives credibility and authenticity to who we are.
Whether you’re position is one of prominence or low profile, people are watching how you handle life’s twists and turns.