Anyway, now that I'm done
Upon messing up, declare that you didn't.
Upon failing at something, blame someone else.
Upon having trouble, blame something else like a headache, lack of sleep, anger, passion, PMS, hunger, etc (Sometimes these are true, but often it's just denial).
Why is this so bad? Because good people welcome criticism, and want to improve, not pretend they are already good at things they are not.
i'm bad at this --> it was too hard
these criticisms of me are interesting and useful --> this guy is out to get me
wow, TCS is so cool, I'm gonna try to internalise it --> wow, this is good....as I am good, I must have been it all along...I *am and was* TCS (and any differences btwn current behavior and TCS, rather than getting fixed, must now be denied)
I broke it --> they made it too flimsy
I dropped my drink --> stop making noise, it's so distracting, *you made me* drop my drink
i failed my quiz --> the quiz was biased
i'm no good at saying what i mean --> saying what one means is only for the simple-minded
i'd make a terrible soldier. i'm too wimpy --> being a solider is only for the uncouth and the inferior masses of brainwashed, stupid people
spiders scare me --> God shouldn't have made spiders
war scares me --> the reason i don't like war, is that it's wrong