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Admitting When You’re Wrong

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By Christy Brewer

I saw this sign at the entrance of a subdivision on my way to work this morning. Everyone makes mistakes. It takes courage to own up to those mistakes. Some people are so afraid to go back and admit it. I know, I know…you have an ego to protect. It’s not too late to make it right. It never is. Being “the DIFF” means admitting you made a mistake, even if there were two mistakes in a row – hitting the car, then choosing to hide from it.

For everyone who has ever made a mistake, it’s our own choice to make it right that makes this world a better place. The sooner we realize that we all have choices, the sooner we begin living the difference every day. And that’s when we realize it’s not always about “me” and my embarrassment over having made a mistake.

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  1. I couldn’t agree more!
    Props goes out to the man that hit my car a few years back when it was parked on a busy street in Ann Arbor, MI. While I was annoyed about having to deal with insurance and repairs, he thoughtfully left a note saying, “Sorry, I hit your car. Call me…” He even went the extra mile and kindly placed my then unattached bumper on the grassy knoll next to my car.
    I write this with a smidge of sarcasm, but ultimately, he did the right thing by owning up to his mistake.

    Posted by: Ann-Marie | February 20, 2007
  2. It’s the same thing a parent teaches a child: Yes, I’ll be mad for a bit that you did this, but I’ll be fuming for weeks if you lie about it or cover it up. Which would you rather have?
    Learning to live with our mistakes is not a bad thing.

    Posted by: Christy | February 20, 2007
  3. this winter, our 18 year old son hit a car in a parking lot while shopping. he was driving our (poor) Suburban, so must have done some damage. we were proud that he left a note on the other car, but since they never called, we assume it’s because our son’s handwriting is AWFUL.
    Honest kid…bad penmanship. oh well.

    Posted by: kathy fawcett | February 22, 2007
  4. Kathy, that is very cool. We could easily turn this thread into a discussion on parenting, but — between you and me — we’d be preaching to the choir. It’s really cool to see what I’m in for in the next few years! Thanks for sharing so much on this blog about your experiences.

    Posted by: Christy | February 23, 2007
  5. My 17 year old son also hit a car in a parking lot and left a note for the owner. the owner did contact us and was very cool about it. I was pleased and proud that my son did this on his own, and he felt good about himself for both doing it, and learning that the owner of the other car was not concerned about the scratch on his truck and appreciated the note. good stuff!

    Posted by: Stapper | February 24, 2007

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