On Being Wrong

Being wrong is hard. Admitting that you’re wrong is even harder.

Or, rather, being wrong is easy (or it should be) as we’re wrong about a ton of things – probably more things than we realize.

It’s coming to terms with this reality and then saying it aloud and opening yourself up to feedback which can make or break a relationship, a family, a project, or even an organization and beyond.

Kathryn Schulz reminds me with straight-talk about embracing our fallibility and even, perhaps, liking it:

Here are a few tidbits that I enjoyed:

We’re like that coyote, after he’s gone off the cliff but before he looks down. We’re already in trouble, but we feel like we’re on solid ground.

I’m a fan of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. I mean, I grew up with that stuff!

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

Trusting too much on the feeling of being on the correct side of anything can be very dangerous.

The internal sense of rightness is not always the most reliable guide to what is really happening in the external world. Imagine if we were to be more open and honest about this type of stuff in our relationships and our work.

Imagine if we started with the assumption that we are wrong and it’s our duty, responsibility, and opportunity to prove ourselves right. I think things would be different.