Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 11, 2013

Making Mistakes Isn’t Your Problem. Admitting Them Is.

We all make mistakes.

If you’re lucky you make the small kind of mistakes that no one seems to notice.

If you’re like the rest of us you find yourself constantly hopping from one mistake to the next.

Sometimes those mistakes accidentally hurt people. Other times you don’t do something and that causes someone to get hurt in the process.

Its difficult emotionally to admit when you’ve made a mistake.

Taking ownership of your actions and influence doesn’t come easily, especially when the consequences of that responsibility means that you hurt other people.

So there is something deeply empowering about admitting your own inadequacies and challenging yourself to do better next time.

Making the mistake was easy. Admitting it is a whole lot harder.

  • What comes naturally is to make an excuse about “the circumstances” that forced your hand.
  • What comes naturally is to deny you had anything to do with it.
  • What comes naturally is to admit the small parts of the mistake and deny accountability for the heavier consequences.

Life won’t demand that you take responsibility for your actions.

No one can force you to own up to your mistakes.

No justice system or judge can make you admit your mistakes.

That has to come from within.

Just like the healing that follows you taking that responsibility. Just like the inspiration that follows that healing. And the determination and focus that follows that inspiration.

Because, when you finally decide to be a human and admit your flaws and work to make you better, you finally begin to unlock the best parts of you.

And instead of posturing and positioning and playing games, you find yourself trying your hardest each day, apologizing when you’ve done something wrong, and refocusing when you don’t get the results you want.

And that fight is a noble conquest.

That’s the best you possible.

But it starts by you owning up to your mistakes.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.