How do we learn? By making mistakes, of course. Have you ever learned something by not making mistakes? Not possible…
How do we grow? By choosing to grow!
How do you choose to grow? You choose to not be scared of being wrong…
I often wonder why students, for example, don’t comment on class wikis, why they don’t bother to add their two cents worth to a discussion? I think it’s because they are scared of being wrong…
But THEN we need a mindshift… A drastic one
BE SCARED TO BE CORRECT!
Otherwise you probably are not going to learn anything, you probably will not grow… what a depressing thought. (Of course maybe my belief that people want to grow is wrong… Hmm, one of the rare occasions where I will rather be right.)
Seth Godin in his book linchpin says that when people complain that they don’t have any good ideas he asks them to share some bad ideas. I think that is brilliant: to get to the good ideas we need to get past the bad ones. Being worried about being wrong/having bad ideas is for people afraid of success!
Therefore, if you want to be a success, join me in not being scared to be wrong.
Am I missing the point?