Ways to distinguish yourself – #93 Be comfortable contradicting yourself, sometimes!

Ways to distinguish yourself – #93 Be comfortable contradicting yourself, sometimes!

By Rajesh Setty on Mon 16 Jan 2006, 6:00 AM – Leave Comment

The other way of saying this is that if you are TOTALLY wrong, just admit it!

You won’t be right every single time. I ask people that if they would be careful in the new year whether all their decisions that they make in this new year would be 100% right. Until now nobody has told me that they can get it all right. Meaning everyone knows that some of their decisions will be wrong. In other words goofing up sometimes is almost expected.

Of course, whenever you make a decision, though, you don’t start by saying that the particular decision will be wrong. You want to make a good decision every time. At the time you make your decision, it is based on several things – your awareness at that point, your knowledge, your intellect, current circumstances to name a few. Once you make a decision or take a stand, any of those things can change or you may just be presented with new facts. You may realize that your earlier stand or the decision was incorrect. The easiest (and the hardest) thing to do is to just simply admit that you were wrong and take another stand. However, that is something that will hurt most people’s ego. When you really need to change your stand or decision for the right reasons, please garner enough courage to make the change even if it means that you will contradict yourself.

Of course, we all know that if you start contradicting yourself on a daily basis people will start losing trust in you. If you do this once in a while, you will only show that you are also a human being. It’s OK to be wrong sometimes. Remember that by NOT admitting that you are wrong, that fact that you were wrong won’t change.

If you are a leader, this is all the more important. You will be setting an example to your team members by sending a clear message that it’s OK to be wrong sometimes.


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