Today I was having a surprisingly good natured conversation with two friends around the current state of politics.
But as you likely know, smart friends don't always agree on everything.
After expressing my view, my friend shot back, "Could you potentially see yourself being in the wrong here?"
And that question caught me off guard.
Reflecting back on my original argument, I conceded I technically could be wrong, but the truth was I FELT I was right.
It's only natural to want to believe in the ideas you've carefully considered.
If you feel strongly about an subject or idea, it makes sense to dutifully defend it.
But we as humans are wrong all the time. No matter how "sure" we are about something, there's always a chance we are wrong.
And even just acknowledging that fact can go a long way in making better decisions.
Experts with decades of experience make bad calls. So too do those who only have a shallow understanding of the subject at hand.
Very often your confidence in an idea or position has virtually no correlation with the hand that reality decides to deal.
Next time you're "sure" of something, consider the fact that you could almost certainly be wrong.