Thursday, March 03, 2016

The freedom of not needing to be right

Stop making people wrong. 

As satisfying as it is to firmly latch yourself onto people’s talking points and refuse to let go until you’ve sucked every ounce of energy from them, all it does it leave people feeling diminished, dismissed and discouraged. 

Just let it go. Enough parading your own brilliance. Surrender your insatiable need to prove how misinformed other people are. 

Because it rarely improves upon the situation. All it does is burn valuable calories and make you look like an asshole. 

Think about the last time you walked all over somebody’s point, shot holes in their argument and reduced their opinion to a saggy slice of swiss cheese. Was your correction helpful, or did it simply make them more defensive? Did your interruption improve on the silence, or did it simply make you feel better about yourself? 

The reality is, terminal certainty is not a positive character trait. That’s something I’m learning as I get older. The freedom of not needing to be right vastly outweighs the satisfaction of making people wrong. 

Nietzsche famously said, you have your way, I have my way, but as for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. 

Imagine how liberating it must feel to live that philosophy. Imagine how productive we could be if we stopped burning calories making people wrong. 

Are you trying to be right or trying to be happy?

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