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One of my favorite(see: boorish)defense mechanism-laden "Liz-isms" is that I like to say I consider myself emotionally allergic to being wrong or having to admit that a failing on my part is the reasonwhysomething went wrong.
Yes, like any normal human being, I find being in the right is much more preferable than dealing with the psychic chafing that often accompanies being slapped with the"You did something wrong!"stick.
But that instinct to avoid the pain of confessing a shortcoming — professional or personal — is overridden in almost every single case by my insatiable, rabid pursuit of the answer that one question:
Why did X fall apart? Why did Y fail? Why did Z really happen?
"The way that my brain is wired, I need to understand the why behind everything," he shared about himself, as he reflected on an unexpected client cancellation — a situation in which he thought he was doing all of the right things.
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Of course, there are occasions when that devilish three-letter word can cause more trouble than its worth. Still, I believe that the moment we stop asking why whenever possible is the moment we stop moving forward.
We stop learning, growing, maturing.
To not ask why is akin to rejecting your own shadow, because the question of why and its subsequent answer exist whether we want to acknowledge them or not. They don't disappear just because we turn our back to them.
Sometimes, we may not like what we see when we ask that question. I get that. I've asked that question many times, only to be met with my own cringe-worthy transgressions, my own inability to deliver, articulate, understand, accept, or compromise in a given set of circumstances.
As Brian said so eloquently, you need to be at peace with the fact that you can fail and also not be a failure. But you can only get to that point if you're willing to ask "Why?" in those scary moments and risk that you are the answer.
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