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Being Wrong: A Roadmap to Making the Right Choice

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It’s natural to beat ourselves up when we make mistakes or make a poor decision, but the truth is that being wrong is often a sign that we’re on the right track. When it comes to complex issues like choosing a career or finding a life partner, our first choice is unlikely to be the optimal one. In fact, expecting ourselves to get it right on the first try is unreasonable.

Here are five lessons on being wrong that can help us to see mistakes in a different light:

  1. Choices that seem poor in hindsight are an indication of growth, not self-worth or intelligence. When you look back on your choices from a year ago, you should always hope to find a few decisions that seem stupid now because that means you are growing. If you only live in the safety zone where you know you can’t mess up, then you’ll never unleash your true potential.

  2. The best thing you can do is get started. The faster you learn from being wrong, the sooner you can discover what is right. For complex situations like relationships or entrepreneurship, you literally have to start before you feel ready because it’s not possible for anyone to be truly ready. The best way to learn is to start practicing.

  3. Break down big topics into smaller tasks that can be mastered. For example, instead of trying to master entrepreneurship as a whole, focus on a specific aspect of it, like building an email list. By playing in a smaller arena, you’ll be able to develop some level of expertise.

  4. The time to trust your gut is when you have enough experience. Trusting your gut is important, but it’s also important to have enough experience to back it up. The more experience you have, the more accurate your gut instincts will be.

  5. Being wrong is a sign of progress. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks and you’re not making progress. In order to achieve great things, you have to be willing to be wrong and learn from your mistakes.

In conclusion, being wrong is not something to be ashamed of. It’s a natural part of the process of growth and progress. The next time you make a mistake or make a poor decision, remember these five lessons and try to see it as a sign that you’re on the right track.

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