Is admitting a mistake a sign of weakness?

Frederick Mordi

By Frederick Mordi

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The story is told of a professor who once required his students to present oral readings in class, while he listened. When it came to the turn of a certain student, he stood up just like the others, and held his book in his left hand.

Before he could read, the professor barked at him: “Take your book in your right hand, and be seated!”

The student flinched at the professor’s harsh tone. The looks on the faces of his class mates seemed to suggest something was amiss. But the professor was too angry to take note of the body language of his students. He took serious offence at what he considered a disrespectful gesture on the part of the student.

The other students fidgeted in their seats as the young man in question raised up his right arm, awkwardly. His arm ended at the wrist…

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