Being Responsible For Your Own Mistakes Is A Major Key To Success

Evan Robertson
5 min readNov 2, 2019

Learn how to own your mistakes and learn from them rather than blame others.

Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash

Being a manager at a fast-food chain, I learned a lot about working with other people. I also learned a bit about myself, and developed a few pet peeves.

Easily my biggest pet peeve has to be people not owning up to their own mistakes. Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there was a frustrating cashier

It wasn’t a huge deal. At least, it didn’t have to be.

One of the cashiers had taken an order wrong, so the kitchen made the wrong sandwich. An easy fix. Being the one in charge, I took it upon myself to inform the cashier of her mistake. As I said, it wasn’t a big deal and was an easy fix.

All I wanted the cashier to do was acknowledge her mistake. Something along the lines of, “Oh, my bad. I’ll try to remember to double-check with the customer.”

That is all. Just a yes, sorry, my bad. End of story. Simple, easy, straight forward. Or so I thought.

Instead, the cashier decided to blame someone else. And not just anyone, she blamed someone who hadn’t even clocked in! They weren’t even working at the time the order was placed.

Not to mention, I literally saw her take the order and talking to the customer.

Her argument had no foundation, and yet despite this, she still refused to admit she had made a mistake.

Not owning your mistakes and blaming others creates conflict

There’s no safe way of trying to run from your mistakes. If you don’t take the blame, someone else will. On the off chance that nobody finds out, usually there’s a customer on the other end who gets the short stick.

When you mess up, no one wins. The least you can do is take the blame.

If you walk away from your problems, they will always catch up and bite you in the butt in the long run.

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