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Why I Like to Be Wrong

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I was wrong. Again. I made a couple of wrong assumptions. Then, one of my flaws played a role and I went with one of these well done solutions before I’d understood the problem. Anyway, the effect was that I was wrong.

And someone proved that.

Well, not the first time, you’d say. That’s true. Everyone errs from time to time. We’re humans after all.

Now, the trick is I actually like to be wrong.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t have to face this unpleasant feeling when my ego is hurt because I wasn’t right. I can’t say I feel totally comfortable on such occasions. However, I can choose just to feel bad about my lack of knowledge, rush to assume incorrect things and stating my message as it was divinely-revealed truth or I can treat it as an opportunity.

Every time we are wrong it is a great occasion to learn. Not only are we proven wrong so we actually learn the correct information but we also learn more about our flawed reasoning and can actually improve it a bit.

In other words every time we are wrong we get an opportunity to become a bit better. After all, next time we don’t want to have this unpleasant feeling, do we? Actually, the more wrong we are the bigger kick in the butt we get to do something about that, namely to learn something.

And that’s exactly why I like to be wrong. The glass is half full.

By the way: the same mechanism works with any failure. One of my favorite examples is about presentations. Actually my worst presentation during past couple of years was also a greatest lesson about public speaking I got during that time. Well, probably that’s not me who should make a call here, but I do believe I learned a ton from that event. I did, even though reading tweets with feedback and looking at people leaving the room wasn’t the most pleasant thing I’ve ever experienced.

So the same as you should embrace failure, you should embrace being wrong. Treat it as a chance, a chance to improve.

in: personal development

2 comments… add one

  • Jason Yip November 2, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Liking to be wrong sounds like a growth mindset

  • Josh Nankivel November 3, 2011, 7:57 am

    Agreed. The biggest moments of personal growth for me spawned from failure. Knowing that is a good coping mechanism for tough times too!

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