We live in a culture of correctness. Get the right answers, they tell us in school. Do the right thing, they tell us at home. Get right to it, they tell us at work.
We are told, at all costs be right, and in a lot of ways they are correct. Being right makes us reliable. It wins us trust. It provides us with solutions that lead to more opportunities and bigger paychecks. On the flip side, however, it also leads to obsession.
Have you ever argued with someone who, regardless of being wrong, fought tooth and nail because they were so sure they were right? That is someone unhealthily obsessed with rightness.
It is getting bad. It doesn’t matter whether we know the facts. 90% of us are prepared to argue our opinions based on nothing more than a guess. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a good debate. The problem is we are arguing so much we are beginning to believe our own bullsh*t. We are becoming inflexible, stubborn and narrow minded. All for the need to feel correct.
As creatives we must lead the way. We must proudly stand corrected when disproven. It is a matter of perspective. We shouldn’t fear being proven wrong. We should celebrate it. We should recognise that being proven wrong doesn’t inhibit us. It elevates us. It makes us better at what we do. And better to be around.