How the Comment “I’m Sorry” Often Hurts a Professional Woman in Business

It seems that women are in the spotlight in 2017. The election may have a little to do with that. The feminine movement, for better or worse, has brought forward some interesting discussions in the culture. Yes, it seems that in 2017 everyone is talking about the rights and respects of women.

The Discussion of Fault

Business women have been dealing with these discussions forever, and it has all shed a rather interesting light on professional women who are entering their field and others who are prospering in it. As a woman, how can one deal with the many obstacles that may be exaggerated simple because she is a she? There are many people who will harness their resources to take on a strong-willed woman in a field. Real estate is perhaps the biggest because of the sheer size of the industry and the amount of money involved. When a real estate agent messes up, it can be very bad. If it is a woman, it can be particularly rough due to masculine conventions, cultural idioms, misogyny, and other cultural problems.

“I’m Sorry”

What can she do? The first is to not act immediately defensive. The phrase “I’m sorry” has been wrongly used by women for a little too long. Women have a tendency to resort to the phase too early, and without proper thought. This is because the culture has pushed this narrative of being sorry when it really isn’t often justified. It has been taught since grade school. In business, it does not often have a place. Women can say sorry if it is honest and it was truly their fault. Even then, it is not taken lightly. The prhase “I’m sorry” creates both a victim and a person at fault. Look at for more.

Is a lawsuit against a real estate agent fair and justified? If it is completely so (and it often isn’t) an “I’m sorry” may be in the discussion. Otherwise, it has no place. Women should not be sorry for doing business. They can tackle the problem without feeling sorry and they can protect their assets without saying “Yes, I am at fault,” because there is a very good chance they aren’t.