“The secret to being wrong isn’t to avoid being wrong! The secret is being willing to be wrong. The secret is realizing that wrong isn’t fatal.” – Seth Godin …..
We typically find it difficult to admit that we are wrong. After all, doing so often times opens the door to criticism and judgment from others. Additionally, it is easy to think that your mistakes are wrong, and that they are somehow a reflection of you as a person. The truth, as Seth puts it, is “that being wrong is not fatal.”
When we feel the need to always be “right,” we unfairly place a huge burden upon ourselves, a burden that realistically cannot be met and will surely leave us disappointed at some point in the future. And when we come to face that disappointment, the blame will fall back on us and our inability to live up to our unrealistic expectations.
Society as a whole has come to expect people to have the right answers at a moment’s notice. This, however, is a very unhealthy perspective on life; not only should we expect the possibility that the right answers may take a while, but we should also be aware that all of us are wrong at times, and that this is ok.
There is nothing wrong with being wrong, for it is an opportunity to learn and to grow, to re-evaluate and perhaps map a new and better course.
If you find that you are wrong anytime, do not try to deny it, or hide it… just accept it and all the positive it has to offer.
Questions to consider:
How often do you find yourself saying “I was wrong?”
Do you ever argue points about which you are not completely sure? Why?
Do we actually learn anything from being right, from saying something or giving information that we already knew to be right?
For further thought:
“It is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right.” – Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book