I've always had a tendency to forge ahead with my convictions, no matter the consequence. Sometimes, that tendency has served me well, especially in business. Other times, not so much.
I always think that others will see the righteousness of my ideas, even when I force them to. Human nature does not take kindly to being "told" what to do. I know I don't like it, but yet I do it to others. I've learned lessons from step-daughters, wives, colleagues and siblings that suggest that such an approach is wrong.
It is a tendency that we all have to guard against. It is no different than the government suggesting that they too can make better decisions for us. It's an arrogant assumption and it betrays a lack of belief and trust in another one's opinion and beliefs.
I've been fortunate to recognize when I've stepped on toes. Sometimes it's immediate and other times it's taken a while.
Tonight, I must fall on my sword once again and hope that those I've offended will accept my sincere apology. Damn, it's really hard to keep learning the same lesson over and over again, but learn I must.