We have all made excuses for things not turning out as planned, but now that we are adults and are thinking about becoming a manager, this habit must stop or we will not make much progress in our careers. Making excuses tells everyone who hears them that we cannot be trusted to tell the truth, nor do we have any interest in fixing what is wrong. Accepting responsibility when something goes wrong and then fixing it is the best way to get your team to believe in you. Don’t worry that no one else is doing this. You will look better by comparison.