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.

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!