Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dare to be wrong


Yesterday, I was at a bar table with some people and the conversation throughout the afternoon wandered across many different topics.  A stark dynamic became visible where half the table had viewpoints that were basically regurgitating someone else's viewpoint or coming up with some fact that they had heard in the news.  The other half of the table were people who used their own instincts to navigate the topics.

Whilst the news is important, understanding what's going on in the world allows you to extrapolate from it and arrive at conclusions that you have not been told.  However, the key thing that I'd not noticed before now was these two differences resulted in two distinct behaviours.  

The first group who regurgitated the news verbatim were just playing safe - so where something they said could be proven wrong, the blame was shifted from them to the source.

The second group who came up with their own original thoughts and viewpoints dared to be wrong.  When proven that they were wrong, they instantly incorporated the new information and revised their perspective accordingly.  Anecdotally, I can say that this second group is more successful at getting things done in life.

Needless to say, none of this went unnoticed where I was concerned.