For as long as I can remember, I’ve tried to adhere to a very simple principle: Honesty.
If I’ve done something wrong at work, I’ll bring it to everyone’s attention before they discover it themselves. If I’ve accidentally let slip a friend’s secret, I’ll fess up before they find out from someone else. If I spill beer on a mate’s sofa whilst they’re in the kitchen, I’ll go straight through and ask them for a sponge (right after I’ve realised that the seat cushion can’t be flipped over). It’s a simple but effective matter of course.
The reason for this isn’t entirely noble. Yes, it’s good to tell the truth and take responsibility for your own actions as often as possible, but it can also work in your favour. If you’ve made a mistake and you admit it immediately, people will see you as a mature, reliable and most likely quite decent individual. You’ll show them that yes, you can make errors the same as everyone else, but you’re in control and prepared to rectify the situation personally. I’ve found that employers, associates, friends and family find that they trust and respect me more because I let them know when I’ve gone wrong, and I feel the same way towards others who share this trait.
Friday 13th June is Blame Someone Else Day, so for those twenty-four hours please disregard the above lesson and act like an absolute weasel all day long.
- Broken a plate? Tell your spouse that it was the family pet (unless of course you only own goldfish).
- Sat on a chocolate bar and left stains everywhere? That must have been the kids. Yep, definitely the kids. Dirty little buggers.
- Forgot to return a library book? Tell them you were burgled and you’ve just found it in a charity shop, so you bought it in order to return it. That’s a right whopper of a fib; extra points if you actually use it.
- Lost a major business account? Tell your boss it was Johnson’s fault. Doesn’t matter if you don’t know a Johnson, chances are there’s one on the payroll and he/she can take the company’s wrath.
- Dropped one in a crowded elevator? It must be that little old lady at the front. Make sure to point her out to the other occupants.
Those are just a few examples. I’m sure you can find increasingly more creative ways to blame someone else for something you’ve done wrong. Personally I’d say you should draw the line at framing someone for murder, but then you should probably have drawn the line before the crime itself, so I’ll just leave you to it. Whatever you do though, don’t blame me; I have witnesses for everything.