Fearless Performance by Jeff Nelsen

Being Wrong

I'm very excited to share with you a story I heard today at while at brunch. It's from Kathryn Schulz's TED Talk "On Being Wrong".
She asks audience members what it feels like to be wrong.  They say obvious things like embarrassing, devastating, and dreadful.  But actually, those are things we feel when we find out we're wrong.
"Being wrong doesn't feel like anything."
She talks about the Road Runner and the Coyote in creative ways, and then hits it home.
"Actually, feeling wrong does feel like something.  It feels like being right."
Wow, what an exciting approach to so many things, the largest I believe, is our fear of being wrong.  
Since we don't know if we're wrong until we find out, we can let go of the fear. We're either right or wrong or somewhere between...AND we might find out and we might not!
Weeeeeee!!  The earth was quite recently flat.  We were sure of it.
Please make some efforts to bask in the chaos that we might be wrong/we might be right. It feels good to be alive and have the opportunity to wonder about things. We are so lucky to be able to have our own unique opinions. Be thankful for this.
We are rich.  Share your opinions with the modesty that you might be wrong. Let go of your fear of failure. You can do this with conviction as well as with room to be wrong...both at the same time.
I strongly believe this...
...but I could be wrong.

Jeff Nelsen
Jeff Nelsen


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