It’s so easy to be contrite, apologetic even, when things go wrong.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people, when at their lowest point, offer a mea culpa.
“Never again.” “You were right.” “I wish I’d listened to you more closely.” “I blew it.” You’ve heard it all, yes?
Mike Vick. Anthony Wiener. Pick your poison.
But how often do you hear someone, when they’re totally, completely crushing it, speak with humility?
It’s rare, but when you do, you really buy it. You lean in, listen closely, and from that moment forward, trust that person without condition.
Living your life, in good times or bad, from a platform of humility, guarantees that you will be doing things the right way. Honestly. Consistently. Transparently.
Doing the right thing, after all, means doing the right thing when no-one is looking. And if you’re only apologizing when others are looking for it, well then, you’ve missed the point.