When Being Right Isn’t Enoughposted by Russ Whitney in Russ Whitney
Hello friends. It’s Wednesday again and that means that you get your blog today right from the horse’s mouth, me, Russ Whitney.
Today I want to tell you a little bit about what I was like when I was younger and growing my real estate business. I was, truth be told, pushy, overbearing and sometimes a bit of a jerk. And there was also one other thing that I always needed to be; right.
No matter who I was talking with, what we were talking about, what the subject matter happened to be or whatever my opinion was, I was absolutely convinced that it was the right opinion and that, whatever I was saying, and any thoughts that I had, they were always completely right as well.
Many people, men especially, are like this when they’re younger because they’re in warrior mode, something that I talk about at length in my book Inner Voice: Unlock Your Purpose & Passion. We get so caught up in our egos that it’s hard to realize the harm we might be inflicting on others by always needing to be right, and forcing our opinions on them.
There’s an old saying that goes “even a stopped clock is right twice a day”, and, the fact is, it’s okay to the right once in a while. But here’s the thing; it’s also just as okay to be wrong.
In fact, some might argue that being wrong offers lessons that are much more valuable than being right.
For example, being wrong forces you to look at something from a different perspective, open your mind to a different opinion and also embrace your humility. Allowing others to be right once in a while also shows that you have a heart and endears you to them in more ways than you might imagine.
The truth is, being right all the time is really overrated. It gives you an inflated sense of self-importance and can make you act like, if you’ll pardon the expression, a bit of a jackass. I can say that because, when I was younger, my overrated ego and need to always be right made me act like a jackass on more than one occasion.
The point is, while being right is definitely not a bad thing, pushing your opinions on people and trying to always be right is something that you should definitely avoid. It won’t win you any friends, or help you to influence any people, not by a long shot.
So do yourself a favor and embrace being wrong once in a while. It’s not the end of the world and it might even be the beginning of something special.
Thanks for joining me today my friends. I’m Russ and I hope you enjoyed this blog and that I’ll see you back here again next week Wednesday.
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