On Being Wrong and Learning

SXSW is going on this weekend. I've spent the past 2 nights out on the town mingling and socializing. I woke up early this Saturday morning catch up on life, then head out and do it all over again. And while I was in the shower, I recalled a great TED video I watched well over 6 months ago.

You are never wrong. You can have been wrong. But you never actively go about your day knowing and accepting "I am wrong". There's a pivotal moment between the state of being wrong and not being wrong. That sliver in time is special. For some, it's a painful moment. Many of those people never experience it. I love it. I find it to be fascinating. Because once you learn to deal with the initial discomfort of being wrong, you can learn create an enormous number of new opportunities.

The single most prominent characterization that affects your ability to remember things is vividness. There's reason why you can't remember what you ate for breakfast yesterday, but why you can remember your wedding and graduations from 20 years ago so clearly.

Synthesizing the 2 ideas above effectively explains proverb "learn from your mistakes."

I love being wrong. Because being wrong creates a distinct memory that you can learn from. The more wrong you are, the more likely you are to internalize and learn from your mistakes. The more adamant you were, the more humbled you should become after being wrong.