Being Right, A Lot

Jason as SvN writes about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ “enlightened observation about people who are ‘right a lot'”:
From 37signals.com:

[Jeff] said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.

He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a well formed point of view, but it means you should consider your point of view as temporary.

What trait signified someone who was wrong a lot of the time? Someone obsessed with details that only support one point of view. If someone can’t climb out of the details, and see the bigger picture from multiple angles, they’re often wrong most of the time.

Great advice.

Not just great, fantastic advice! And something I need to continue to work on.

Comments

  1. This is why politicians who get labeled as “flip floppers” don’t necessarily bug me! Usually if you have a strong opinion about something, people are constantly barraging you with evidence to the contrary… if there’s enough evidence you really should consider changing your mind.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.