Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
We have all been there.
Some topic causes us to take a specific stance… and partway through, some fact comes to light, and it becomes painfully clear how wrong we are in the stance we have been defending.
So now what??
Do we become resolute in our position and debate something that we know is inaccurate or wrong until our dying breaths?
Or, do we openly admit our mistake and cede the argument in favor of the other party?
I am sure that we would all like to presume that we would take the highroad and act in good faith…. but in reality, that does not always prove to be the default action, does it?
I think one of the greatest acts of maturity and civility is the ability to own up to our mistakes.
Doing so requires discipline, humility and a desire to maintain a good faith relationship with whomever you are arguing with.
Some people, (such as a president that does not require naming), find this simple act of concession to be impossible, intolerable, excruciating and demeaning as to color their behavior on everything going forward. Even to the point of delivering everyone and everything around them into complete ruin.
So the next time you find yourself in this position, it might be worth your discovery as to whether or not you possess this degree of humility, it might just save you the last week of your presidency.