Admit your mistakes.
In the 1960s, Gleason hosted a television program that he designed around a celebrity
game show format. The opening night was so terrible that the network was planning to
cancel the entire series. The next week Jackie came out in front of the live audience and
apologized for the previous week’s program. He immediately turned it into a variety
In early 1961, the United States launched a failed attempt to overthrow the Castro regime
in Cuba. It was known as “The Bay of Pigs” because that was the location of the ground
assault in Cuba. The invasion was a disastrous defeat within hours. Soon afterwards,
President John F. Kennedy told a stunned country about the CIA operation.
Although the failed attack had been planned prior to his inauguration, Kennedy approved
it. He admitted his failure and mistake on national television. It earned him respect that
he would need months later during the Cuban Missile Crisis where the US and Soviet
Union came close to nuclear war. If more leaders (politicians, are you listening?) would
admit mistakes and ask forgiveness, people would trust them more.