On Recovering from Mistakes

Mistakes should define us.

Most people allow others to hijack the narrative of HOW our mistakes define us. But in reality that responsibility lies in our hands.

Kevin Hart could have let the Oscar hosting mess define the narrative surrounding him for years. He could have continued to apologize and talk about it over and over and over again.

Instead, he apologized for his old behavior and moved forward. He stopped talking about it. I saw an interview on one of the late shows where he flat out said, “I apologized and I’m done talking about it. There's nothing else to say or do about it. I didn't mean to hurt anyone and I'm sorry so let’s move on.”

That’s all it took for him to take responsibility and move forward. 

Most people miss that. They just coast. Allowing the narrative to come to them rather then grabbing it by the horns and steering it in a direction of their choosing.

Mistakes should define us. They should stick with us.

We should remember them, learn from them, and move forward. 

But HOW we respond to the fallout afterwards is what makes the difference. Will we accept responsibility and take control? Or lets others dictate what happens next?

Seems like an easy decision to me.