How do you deal with being wrong?

No one can be right all the time.

Scientists, engineers, architects, school teachers, judges, can all be wrong. Designers are wrong a lot, too.

You'll often realize it because a colleague or a customer pointed it out.

Being wrong is difficult because your brain has to deal with the fact that the world is not how it expected.

Being wrong is part of growing. If you're never proved wrong, you've stopped learning.

I try to make the most out of these learning situations by writing down where was I wrong and why.

It try to ask myself:

  • Did I have the wrong data?
  • Did I misunderstand the problem space
  • Did I overlook something?

Writing it down helps me better understand the situation and learn from.

How do you deal with being wrong?

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