All failure is systems failure

It is common to blame mistakes on character, particularly when such mistakes are highly visible.

Rather than helping, blaming and shaming tend to create additional problems. It is more useful for all involved to instead comment on the systems around the mistake neutrally, and redesign the systems to reduce or eliminate future mistakes.

Instead, these approaches have better long term results

This philosophy has a strong resemblance to Stoicism's belief that things simply "are".


Some may argue that by not blaming the individual they are "getting away" with bad habits.

Some also point out that Atomic Habits attributes a person's habits to a person's beliefs. Thus the initial point that a mistake being part of a person's character seems to hold true.