Be Wrong to Be Right

Random Thought #4

So last night was a horrible night of sleep for me. I managed to get up and write this thought down between the crazy thunderstorm and the goofy dreams I vaguely remember having:

Don’t be afraid to be wrong, you will not fully realize what is right until you know what is wrong.

I can’t remember what led me to this piece of wisdom, but I imagine I was trying to make sense out of something in my dreams and instead came up with this. After I wrote down the thought in my mini-thought composition book, Google called for me to search out whether or not someone had said it better before. I’m still not sure whether or not it has been said before, because this link caught my attention:

Do You Recognize These 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking? by Brian Clark

#9 is in line with my thought:

9. Being Wrong is Bad

We hate being wrong, and yet mistakes often teach us the most. Thomas Edison was wrong 1,800 times before getting the light bulb right. Edison’s greatest strength was that he was not afraid to be wrong.

The best thing we do is learn from our mistakes, but we have to free ourselves to make mistakes in the first place. Just try out your ideas and see what happens, take what you learn, and try something else. Ask yourself, what’s the worst that can happen if I’m wrong? You’ll often find the benefits of being wrong greatly outweigh the ramifications.


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