People make a habit of shifting the blame for their mistakes and mishaps onto other people. The obvious reason for this is that they are afraid to accept responsibility for their wrongdoings. And when it’s proven that they are at fault, they become even more inflexible and uncompromising in their positions. (See Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, etc.) For them, this need to be perceived by the general public as flawless human beings is of supreme importance. Ironically, though, their insistence on passing blame is most damaging to their image.
It’s so endearing, however, to see a person take responsibility for his actions; to show his human side, and to admit that he made a mistake. That’s what I saw from Jockey Mike Smith following his press conference, after his racehorse, Zenyatta, barely lost at the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs last Saturday.
I admit that I don’t watch horse racing, and I was unaware of the great story about Zenyatta, the 6 year old horse who had a 19-0 record going into this race, until a congregant of mine pointed it out to me.
Smith seems to be a real class act; as well as someone who is not afraid to accept responsibility for making mistakes. I don’t know whether Mike is really to blame for losing the race, but it’s this type of attitude that wins people over.
The typical Adam response of, “blame it on my wife” and the typical Eve response of, “blame it on the snake,” does not engender favor in people’s eyes. I just wish people would recognize that.
Check out the press conference below to see what I am talking about.