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We all know we make mistakes.

Making mistakes doesn’t seem like it would be much of a benefit, but it truly is. We all know we make mistakes.

If we all do make mistakes, why is it so difficult to admit it? 

We are taught from a young age that being wrong equals failure and that it’s shameful. We are thought that being wrong makes us bad people. Embarrassment and shame aren’t pleasant to experience. Since none of us wants to feel humiliated or that we are failures, we tend to resort to defensiveness when faced with our mistakes. Being defensive pits people against each other instead of working together to find solutions. Embracing being wrong makes for a kinder and more positive world all around.

The enjoyment of being right can also intoxicate us and affect our entire worldview. If we believe we are generally right, we also assume that people who disagree with us are generally wrong. We become close-minded. We refuse to see reality for what it is and replace it with our own version of facts.

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein

When you open your mind and allow yourself to see things from someone else’s perspective, you allow yourself to recognize potential mistake you might have made.

Attachment to our own rightness keeps us from preventing mistakes when we absolutely need to and causes us to treat each other terribly.” – Kathryn Schulz

We are wrong a lot more often than we are right. Embracing being wrong creates learning opportunities. Let’s be wrong and/or embarrassed and learn from it instead of pretending we know it all and go through life arrogant and misinformed.

While it may be uncomfortable and unfamiliar at first, embracing being wrong ultimately makes us more open-minded and better human beings. Being wrong, understanding why and accepting it are important characteristics that every human being should learn to be at peace with.

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