Every day of your life you are wrong. Mostly it’s small stuff like mixing up the name of the actor in a movie. But never the less you are wrong.
And why do I feel the need to point out this rather obvious fact? Well apart from the fact that we could all do with a bit more humility, there’s a larger problem. If we don’t recognize when we are wrong, how are we ever going to learn from our errors?
And yet again and again I’m confronted with people who act as though they’ve never been wrong in their entire life. Every mistake is someone else’s fault. Every error is not in fact an error, but a misunderstanding on the part of another. Not only are these people stunting their own growth, they are also generating considerable ill-will as they wander through life, casually throwing other people under the bus to save their own ego.
And ego is really what it’s all about. It’s not nice to be wrong. It doesn’t feel good. Life would be a lot easier if you could be right all the time. But you aren’t.
There’s really nothing you can do about the people who are always right, except perhaps try to steer clear of them. I guarantee you won’t be able to make them admit to an error, so it’s really not even worth trying. But please don’t let yourself become one of them.
When you are wrong. Just acknowledge it. It’s not a crime. Actually, it’s inevitable. Recognize what you did wrong and try to avoid it next time.