You Need the Power of Being Wrong


So many people need to be right. They need to win, they need to be recognized, and they need continual victory.

What a disability.

Man sitting on a briefcaseTo always be right, means others must always be wrong. To win, others must lose. To always be recognized means others must be ignored.

Can anyone truly be considered successful if it comes at such an expensive price to others?

People that have learned how to be wrong are some of the most successful people on the planet.

This is not about conceding your authority or priveleges. This is not about giving in or submission. No, learning how to be wrong is to learn the perspectives of others. To feel the pain or joy of someone else and understand that there may be a better way than your way. From such a perspective, your ability to communicate with them and yourself takes on a powerful new dimension.

Appropriately accepting failures and losses with grace is a sign of good character. Learning from others and correcting your wrongs is a path to success.


Glenn S. PhillipsGlenn S. Phillips is the author of the book Nerd-to-English: Your Everyday Guide to Translating Your Business, Your Messages, and Yourself.  You can email Glenn directly at

Glenn is also the president of Forte’ Incorporated, a consulting firm that works with business leaders to understand and address the often hidden technology and business risks lurking within their organizations.

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About the Author

Glenn S. Phillips works with leaders who want to leverage technology and understand risks within. An author and blogger, Glenn is often quoted in national media, plays a really ugly tuba (it even has a bullet hole) and is a fan of dark chocolate and great puns.