Right or Wrong
Being right is based upon knowledge and experience, and is often very provable.
Knowledge comes from the past, so it is safe. But, it is also out of date. It’s the opposite of originality.
Experience is built from solutions to old situations and problems. Old situations are probably different from the present ones, so that the old solutions will need to be bent, adjusted to fit new problems, and they probably still won’t fit well. We know this, but because we have the experience, we will probably use it. This is lazy.
Experience is the opposite of being creative.
If you can prove that you are right, you might be set in concrete. You cannot move with the times or with other people.
Being right can also be very boring. Your mind is closed. You are not open to new ideas. You are rooted in your own rightness. Which can produce arrogance. Arrogance is only useful is very small doses.
Worst of all, being right has a tonne of morality to it. To be anything else sounds weak or fallible, and people who are right, can never be seen as fallible.
So, it can be very wrong to be right.
There is no talking to them.
The Importance of Being Wrong.
Start by being wrong and anything is possible.
Your no longer trying to be infallible.
You are in the unknown. There’s no way of knowing what can happen, but there is more chance of it being amazing, than if you were trying to be right.
If course, being wrong is a risk.
People worry about suggesting silly ideas because of what others will think.
Often new thinking is called for, but often when a new idea arises, people are uncomfortable and quickly reject it.
Risks are the measure of people. People who won’t take them are trying to preserve what they have.
People who do take risks, often end up having more.
Some risks have great futures attached to them, but are called wrong by others who don’t see them. But being right can be like walking backwards, simply proving where you have been.
Being wrong is not in the future, or the past, it’s always in the now, it’s right here…which is the best place to be.
I need to learn to be open to being wrong more often. It keeps us open to the NEW.