You Are Wrong

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.

About Eoghann Irving

Overly opinionated owner and author of eoghann.com. You can get updated on his posts directly on the blog here or through the usual social networking suspects. What? You expected me to say something interesting here? That's what the blog posts are for. Eoghann has often wondered if people read these little bio things we have to fill out everywhere on the internet and, assuming they do, why?