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#317 - anonymous (11/22/2011) [-]
Our generation of parents cannot stand being wrong. Everyone should make their parents read this.

"We do not like to admit to ourselves our errors, mistakes, shortcomings, or ever admit we have been in the wrong. We do not like to acknowledge that a situation is other than we would like it to be. So we kid ourselves. And because we will not see the truth, we cannot act appropriately.

Someone has said that it is a good exercise to daily admit one painful fact about ourselves to ourselves. The Success-type personality not only does not cheat and lie to other people, he learns to be honest with himself. What we call "sincerity" is itself based upon self-understanding and self-honesty.

No man can be sincere who lies to himself by "rationalizing," or telling himself "rational lies."

Look for and seek out true information concerning yourself, your problems, other people, or the situation, whether it is good news or bad news. Adopt the motto—"It doesn't matter who's right, but what's right."

An automatic guidance system corrects its course from negative feedback data. It acknowledges errors in order to correct them and stay on course... so must you. Admit your mistakes and errors but don't cry over them. Correct them and go forward. In dealing with other people try to see the situation from their point of view as well as your own.

Many people fear loss of self-esteem if they are proven wrong. Use self-esteem for yourself, instead of against yourself, by convincing yourself of this truth: Big men and big personalities make mistakes and admit them. It is the little man who is afraid to admit he has been wrong."
#319 to #317 - anonymous (11/22/2011) [-]
"No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes," said Gladstone.

"I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes," said Sir Humphry Davy.

"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; we often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."— Samuel Smiles.

"Mr. Edison worked endlessly on a problem, using the method of elimination. If a person asked him whether he were discouraged because so many attempts proved unavailing, he would say, 'No, I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.'" —Mrs. Thomas A. Edison.
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