Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 10, 2012

The Chance You Might Be Wrong.

There is a chance that you might be wrong. There is a chance that what you thought was right really isn’t right after all.

It’s wrong.

Realizing that there is a chance that you might be wrong is a necessary skill you need to develop if you want to be a super-star.

The reality is that you will probably be wrong more times than you are actually right.  You will make more mistakes than you will get things right the first time.

That doesn’t take anything away from your business strategy, your management skills, or your  top executives.  Frankly, if you aren’t making mistakes – and learning from them – then it is impossible to tell if your business ideas are really working or not.

All of the biggest discoveries in math and science and medicine – world changing inventions – have come from someone being wrong.

The idea wasn’t wrong.

The vision wasn’t wrong.  The effort wasn’t wrong.  Some part of the implementation – your execution – went wrong.

Breakthrough occurred in each case when the inventor work noticed that something was going wrong – that their expectations were not being met.  That the anticipated outcome was not being achieved.

That basic awareness fueled a series of questions: “Is the idea wrong ? Or are we just executing in the wrong way?

Usually, the answer is pretty clear.  The mission is right .  The idea, though audacious, is right.  The people involved are right.

The outcome was wrong.

The actions of the team did not produce the results that were needed.

Chances are, you are wrong about something in your business today. You aren’t getting the results that you want.  You aren’t getting the outcomes that you need in order to grow your business.

The key to turning things around is to take a different look at what is right and what appears to be wrong. Here are a few ways to do that:

  1. Be open to the idea that you are not going to get it right all the time.
  2. Surround yourself with candid advisors who are willing to tell you the truth about what they think are your failures.
  3. Put in place strategy tracking tools in order to keep you and your team on schedule and remind you not to drop the ball.
  4. Take time each day to remind yourself what success looks like. If what you’re saying is it success, go back to the drawing board.

If you aren’t wrong today, you’ll probably end up that way tomorrow, or later this week.  It’s hard to see what’s right with your business when you’ve never done anything wrong.

Chances are, getting things wrong might be the best thing you’ve done all day today.

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.