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Hard Reset: Stop Trying to Be Right

Sometimes, the best way forward is a hard reset.

For me, this came in the form of some client work. This really hit home today as I was able to swallow my pride and say “Plan A hasn’t worked, let’s refresh and move on”.

But there are a million different applications for this principle.

Pride often gets in the way of moving toward the best solution. We think there is some great value on being right, when we should really be obsessed with getting it right.

Is there any benefit to believing you have the right answer if you don’t actually have the right answer?

Of course not.

I’ve been guilty of this about a billion times so far in my life, and I’m sure I’ll make the mistake again.

But why is this a natural reaction we have?

Admitting failure and moving on to something with potential to succeed makes a whole lot of sense at a distance. But when you’re in the moment, it is really tough to make that call.

It’s OK to give yourself permission to be imperfect, and if a hard reset is what’s going to get you moving in a better direction: why wait?

I’m hopeful that I’ll remember this one. There’s no shame in admitting you were wrong (as long as you actually provide solutions to move forward).

I’m gonna focus on getting it right, not being right.

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