The classic question is “Would you want someone to tell you if you have spinach in your teeth?”
Most people respond, “Of course, I would!”
But just how correctable are you?
If someone politely and gently lets you know you have toilet paper stuck to your heel it’s easy to be gracious and say “Thank you so much.”
If someone in a hurry quickly says “the font and colors in your presentation is illegible from the back of the room” do you bristle and take offense?
If someone who has had a long day at work, a crying child in their shopping cart and no more social skills barks at you ” can you move your cart?” when you are blocking the aisle do you think “what a jerk”?
Everyone makes mistakes. It’s just part of being human. You know, “To err is human, to forgive divine”. I see people making mistakes everyday. There are only a few I will risk offering correction. These are the ones I love and do not want to see continue to make the same mistakes. These are the ones who I know want to do better, make better choices, and learn from the mistakes they have already made.
When my son was seven we had a long discussion about a decision he had made and the consequences that followed. I remember telling him “I don’t want you to have to learn this the hard way.” He looked at me and asked me “How did you learn it?” I had to admit I learned it the hard way myself.
You will make mistakes today. But if you are wise, you will be approachable, correctable and not let the mistakes become habits.