Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 19, 2012

The Danger Of Being Dead Right.

You can win.  You can be right. But you can die trying. And then it doesn’t really matter any more, does it?

Sure you can play the martyr card.  But you only have one of those.  And it costs a lot.  So you might want to be careful.

Heck, you might want to make sure you are fighting over the right thing.

Being right isn’t good enough.

First off, how do you even know that you are right?  Think about that for a minute.  Have  you ever changed your mind?  Have you been in a position where you changed your opinion — where you got new information that made you question your beliefs?

Probably a number of times, right?

So the problem with “being right” is that you might not even be right in the first place.   But that’s not enough.  Because you’ll always believe that you are right, you’ll probably fight to win at any cost to prove that you are right.

That’s where things go sideways.

You find out that winning isn’t as glorious as you imagined.  In fact, it comes with a high price. Instead of gaining respect and appreciation and support, you end up with bitterness and resentment from those around you.

People don’t like you.  And it’s your fault.  You are running over them with your steamroller of beliefs.  Which means you aren’t persuading, you are just bullying.

And what’s sad is that you might actually be right.

But you’re dead right.

You might end up interpreting the facts the best, but you can hardly call yourself “right” when you are creating chaos and misery and confusion and fear.  How can that be “right”?

From time to time you have to look at your strategy, for business and life, and be honest about the potential damage that you might be causing.  You have to look at yourself.  Is this a battle that you want to keep fighting?

Is it worth being right if you end up dead right?

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.