Culture Wars/Current Controversies

It’s Perfectly OK to be Wrong, but…

May 8, 2023

I believe that one of the greatest powers I possess is the ability to admit when I’m wrong. Unfortunately, in this day and age, being able to say, “I was wrong about that,” appears to be a superpower few possess. I’m not trying to be braggadocious or elevate myself by saying that; I’m sure most of you have this ability as well. Whether it be pride, fear of loss, or potential damage to one’s reputation, we don’t live in an age in which the three words “I am wrong” are commonly used back-to-back in the same sentence.

Consider being afraid to admit you were wrong about something because it could “damage your reputation.” When you understand the implication of that belief, you realize that those who would think less of you are only interested in having their biases confirmed by your opinion. They are not interested in learning and/or improving. That should speak more to their reputation than yours. Not allowing yourself to be wrong for fear of others’ opinions of you means you are not being true to yourself or your own intellect. I believe that “fear of loss” plays into this as well, especially if you are a person who is reliant upon your income coming from those interested in having their biases confirmed.

For someone who is an “influencer” (an awful term, but one known to many), possessing the wrong opinion on a matter, especially one that may cause those you are influencing to act or be inactive in relation to faulty information you are sharing (even inadvertently), should be a major concern and one that should worry you. People taking action in their personal or professional lives based upon the subjects I write about or discuss on a podcast is a concern of mine. I want the best for all of you, so I do everything I can to present the most truthful information I can. And if it’s just my opinion, I make sure you know that.


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