Accepting the blame

When we make mistakes, many of us have a tendency to fabricate a plethora of reasons in shifting the blame onto someone else. Alternatively, we might make up excuses to mitigate our involvement within the slip-up that has taken place. The objective of this article is to discuss these mistakes and then to proceed to why we should own up to these faults for our own betterment.

To bring clarity in both of these scenario’s, I will provide a simple example involving a factory worker & manager that work within a battery production facility.

Scenario 1: A situation where the person fully shifts the mistake onto someone else.

John is working on a production line within a manufacturing plant and he has to assemble 10 batteries an hour on average. However, John is only able to produce 8 batteries on average due to him chatting with another employee about his weekend plans instead of working on the line. Within the work day, his manager shows up & starts to question why there is a discrepancy between the expected average 10 units & the actual production of 8 units. John replies to his manager by saying that the employee on the prior shift did not make prepare the machines correctly, thus this lead to a lower production than expected.

Scenario 2: A situation where the person mitigates the mistake.

Let’s take the same situation where John is expected to produce 10 batteries an hour where he only produces 8 since he spent time discussing his weekend plans. Once again, his manager questions him on the lower production, only this time, John mentions that he isn’t feeling well and that the order was not urgent from the customer.

In both situations, the cause of the difference in output was due to the fact that John was chatting with another employee during work hours. Despite this, he chose to give excuses rather than owning up to his faults and admitting the real reason to why he was unable to produce 10 batteries.

So, why should John have accepted responsibility instead of making excuses? Here are reasons to why he should’ve accepted it:

Trust & Integrity

Of all the reasons to why he should have accepted the blame, I believe that the most important aspect is his trustworthiness & integrity. By giving his manager false reasons, he showed a complete lack of trust towards his manager. Maybe the manager already knows that John has a tendency to chat with other employees instead of working, he just wants John to own up to it and be honest. To reference a quote from the Buddha: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun,the moon & the truth”.


If John just accepted the blame, it’s likely that he would be more respected by his manager & other employees. This respect would come from the fact that people would know that John is a stand up kind of individual that will accept his blunders rather than finding excuses. We all make mistakes, the people who truly stand out are the ones who can own up to it.


Lastly, if John truly does own up, he can then start the process of improving himself by ensuring he does not make the same mistake again. If he constantly made up excuses for his mistakes, he would never improve & instead would be stuck in a cycle where he continues to make different kinds of excuses for his shortcomings.

To wrap up this post, here are the key take away’s:

We must take responsibility for our own mistakes rather than trying to push blame onto others or attempting to reduce severity by giving various reasons. Once we take responsibility, we will be held in higher regard since we will have the ability to accept the mistake & then take steps to ensure that we become better human beings.

Thanks for taking the time reading this, I really appreciate it.



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