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5 Lessons On Being Wrong

Contributed By: 4 D4 IT B

Being wrong isn’t as bad as we make it out to be. I have made many mistakes and I have discovered five major lessons from my experiences.

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. If you know enough about something to make the optimal decision on the first try, then you’re not challenging yourself.

2. Given that your first choice is likely to be wrong, 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 topics that are too big to master into smaller tasks that can be mastered. I can’t look at any business and tell you what to do. Entrepreneurship is too big of a topic. But, I can look at any website and tell you how to optimize it for building an email list because that topic is small enough for me to develop some level of expertise. If you want to get better at making accurate first choices, then play in a smaller arena. As Neils Bohr, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, famously said, “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”

4. The time to trust your gut is when you have the knowledge or experience to back it up. You can trust yourself to make sharp decisions in areas where you already have proven expertise. For everything else, the only way to discover what works is to adopt a philosophy of experimentation.

5. The fact that failure will happen is not an excuse for expecting to fail. There is no reason to be depressed or give up simply because you will make a few wrong choices. Even more crucial, you must try your best every time because it is the effort and the practice that drives the learning process. They are essential, even if you fail. Realize that no single choice is destined to fail, but that occasional failure is the cost you have to pay if you want to be right. Expect to win and play like it from the outset.

Your first choice is rarely the optimal choice. Make it now, stop judging yourself, and start growing.

27 thoughts on “5 Lessons On Being Wrong”

  1. Kevin Satria Bhagaskara

    So inspirative article!
    This article is make me believe again and again of there is no way out to giving up.
    Just do it, don’t care if we gonna wrong or lose or something.

    1. Kevin Satria Bhagaskara

      I love the word of this article, such as
      “You literally have to start before you feel ready because not possible for anyone to be truly ready. ”
      We are same, the only difference is how far we have started.

  2. Thanks for your opinion, I really appreciate and agree with your statement “Choices that seem poor in hindsight are an indication of growth, not self-worth or intelligence”

  3. Erica Rianindi Yulfanti

    It’s great article, thank you for the information.
    I agree with that, it’s not bad if we make a mistake, the important thing is how to fix it.

  4. Dicha Nada Puspita D4 Tekkom A

    I feel that I make mistakes almost all the time. I blame myself for every bad luck that happens to me. I never realized how unaware I am of the positive weights. Now I know, being wrong & making mistake aren’t indication of self-worth and intelligence.

    1. Dian Nurmayasari

      I agree with you. I always make mistakes and be a careless person. It really burden me but now i try to accept it and telling my self that it’s okay to make mistakes and it’s also a process to growth… Even the mistakes are somehow i couldn’t control of..

  5. Aris Styo Alfandi

    Yes, exactly. We really shouldn’t berate ourselves to the point of comparing us with other people. Surely we all have an attitude like that, so we will experience things that make us anxious and eventually give up.

    1. Aris Styo Alfandi

      Moreover, there are many social media that often have a negative impact on us. We see our friends were successful before, and we still haven’t. Hmm… Actually this matter is we have to really take a good attitude not to compare ourselves with others.

      1. Aris Styo Alfandi

        And with social media like this it causes us often to be depressed and discouraged in our lives or even we don’t believe that we are actually capable.

        1. Aris Styo Alfandi

          Therefore for all of us, when using or responding to what is good is to stay focused on our goals as long as it is good to run andalso don’t forget to pray to Allah SWT to ask for convinience and smoothness in all our affairs.

  6. Ajie Dibyo Respati

    i believe everything has it’s process, whether the result is a failure or success. thank you for this inspirational article. i agree every single one on what the writer stated on this article.

  7. Zakia Hafzhy Islami

    Yeah, agreed. As I get older I realise being wrong isn’t a bad thing like they teach you in school. It is an opportunity to learn something.

  8. Wifda Muna Fatihia

    The last line of the writer thought successfully gave me more courage to face what I have chose and start to grow myself to be better. Thank you, writer-nim!

  9. Rohmad Rifai D4TEKKOMB

    That is a great article to learn. As the saying goes, the experience is the best teacher, so that right or wrong our actions must have meaning.

  10. Nurrudin Azzaky

    I feel like I got a headshot now. Sometimes, I dislike being blamed even though I know I make a mistake. It’s time for me to grow and learn. Thank you for this article, it helps me realize 🙂

  11. Fahriza Mutiara F

    Yea, a mistake should be our teacher, not our attacker. A mistake is a lesson, not a loss. It is a temporary, necessary detour, not a dead end.

  12. Great articles. It really give new insights. After i read all of those articles, i wonder could we implemented it from other person point of view.
    E.g. : When our dates cheating from us, do they have opportunity for second chance? Because, we as a human, ever made mistake.
    (PS : It’s not that I’m legalization cheating yAll. Just curious, what you guys thinking about it)

  13. Anastasia Prameswari

    I agree with this article, by mistake we can know and learn how we can fix what has been done. And all mistake or failures are not the end of struggle

    1. Hello, yes I totally agree with you. Through mistakes, we can get lesson behind it all. So that we do not repeat it again and can fix it for the better.

  14. Dinda Ayu Yunitasari

    Being wrong is not a mistake, here is a learning process, we will not know whether something will be right and wrong before trying it, it is an error that lets us know if we encounter things that make that wrong again we can anticipate.

  15. Novaren Veraldo

    Yeah, I think being wrong is not bad as what people think it really is. I think you should be appreciated for making decisions and keep doing your works. As long as you don’t harm other people.

    1. Inayah Surya Islami

      Yeah i think making decision is not something that everyone is good at, if you are brave enough to make a decision, then you are one step closer to growing

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