Possibly the smartest words ever spoken.
"If you make a mistake as public as this," he said, "it's better to lean into it rather than cover it up and attempt to shift blame."
I learned this very early in my career with a mistake that was WAY too big to even try to cover up. I came clean to the bosses, explained how and why it happened. How it had been corrected, and what I had learned. Then waited to get escorted to the door. Didn't happen, stayed at that job for over 7 years after that.
Learned my lesson that day. Own your mistakes.