Kathryn Schulz, TED talk, Being Wrong is Good

Fast Start — Why being wrong is good for you

Fast Start conversation:  We can not all be right. If someone is right, that implies someone is wrong. How does someone take, or admit, to being wrong, if they ever acknowledge or admit being wrong in the first place?

What do we go through when we are faced with being wrong? When someone presents their clear-headed alternative to your conviction, being wrong is a sign of being a failure.

If we better embrace being wrong we better embrace how we learn, change, and develop.

Feeling right should not be the drive when you want to avoid feeling wrong.

Being Wrong is Right

The way to succeed in life, is not, in fact, to never make a mistake, but to actually realize getting something wrong provides an opportunity to get your assumptions right. This thinking was more clearly inspired by a Kathryn Schultz presentation at TED* on the value of being wrong.

How does it feel to realize you are wrong?

Why do we get stuck in the feeling of being right, to avoid being wrong?

Prepare to be pleasantly surprise. Is it not an admirable trait to continually develop?

“Fallow ergo sum” [I err, therefore I am] — St. Augustine



Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error – book

Kathryn Schulz Twitter account

Kathryn Schulz for Slate magazine

*TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds:  Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

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