I have quit Twitter many times over the years and each time I’m sure that I’m officially and finally done with it.
Why? Because I’m wrong more often than I’m right about things; and that’s okay with me.
You see, I’m much more interested in being useful than being right. In that way, I’m much more open to being wrong than being right, especially if something I was wrong about allows me to grow and learn and build something that I really want.
For instance, I’m much more interested in getting my (new-ish) community and project off the ground than being married to an older opinion or perspective I once had.
As many of you know, I’m an ultra-pragmatist—if we can use it, then, let’s go ahead and use it, even if it explicitly contradicts something that I said a few years ago!
Why? Because it’s important to have “strong opinions weakly held” so that you don’t miss an opportunity because you’re too stubborn to see it, even if it’s staring you in the face.
In other words, I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot if I can help it.
Changing your mind is a
super-power, especially if it means you’ll have to intentionally (and perhaps publicly) call out an older version of yourself! This keeps you humble, grounded, and open to all the possibilities.
Entrepreneurs and startup founders do this naturally—it seems—but, it wasn’t always that way: It’s something that you must practice so that you can build the muscle memory that allows you to do it at a much greater speed and in less time.
I have a few more thoughts via yesterday’s vlog: