A Gentle Reminder Quote | Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quotes | Find him on Poets.org.
It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When a project is delayed due to an oversight, rather than spending significant time why it happened and who did it, we can prioritize getting the project back on track. And later implement measures to prevent similar delays.
Suppose a miscommunication with a friend leads to a misunderstanding. In that case, it may be more efficient to resolve the issue through a candid conversation rather than spending time explaining the miscommunication in great detail.
Longfellow’s Quote – A Gentle Reminder
Explanation is required when mistakes or errors have occurred, as it allows for transparency, accountability, and a chance to learn from the errors. But is it needed for every mistake? Or is an explanation the only solution for every problem? No.
Sometimes, focusing on the solutions and correcting the mistakes is more important than explanations. Actions speak louder than words, and this quote by Longfellow is a gentle reminder.
Here are some ways to do things right when a reason is unnecessary:
- Proactive communication.
- Preventive measures to not repeat the mistakes.
- Understand the damage caused and try to mend it.