I received an email message today describing how some information I shared on Friday was incorrect, and of course, everyone that could be included on that message was. So I researched my information and, lo and behold, the info I sent was accurate. I responded, without writing, Dummy, learn to read a report! And boy, did I want to. The response to my response was "I misread the report" and it was sent only to me.
How funny that when I'm being told that I'm wrong, everyone else is getting to see my foibles, but when excuses are being made to me for the lack of column-reading ability of others, only I get the message.
No one wants to be held up as being misinformed, ignorant or dumb, so we make excuses. You can't be right all the time, it's just not humanly possible though we hope we fall only when strangers are looking at us and those strangers have no impact over our lives. The other side is that we hope we have enough friends and supporters so that they compensate for our stumbling. You'll hear comments like, "oh the floor was slippery" or "that would have been hard for anyone to understand." Of course, if you are the unfortunate person whom no one is backing, life just sucks.
I worked with someone like that early in my working life. I don't know what came first, his lack of engagement or his continually being fed to the wolves. My nature leads me to believe, he was fed to wolves too many times; there were instances when I saw him actually trying to do something different or unique. And then, of course, it was wasn't enough or whatever, and he would disengage. I recall that his wife was rather successful in the business world. I'm not saying anything one way or the other, it's just a piece of data.
So, it's Monday, and I haven't eaten breakfast yet but I've been told I was wrong and then I was no longer wrong. What an interesting way to start a week!