Quick Take: Loserthink and How To Know if You’re Right or Wrong

I’m really enjoying Scott Adams’s new book Loserthink, and I wanted to quickly share one key insight with you. I’m a big fan of Adams’s previous books. I wrote a Demma’s Notes summary on my favorite here: Demma’s Notes: My 3 Favorite Concepts from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

The concept I wanted to share quickly from Loserthink is about humility, which is perhaps the ultimate leadership skill.

Imagine you are observing two people arguing. Each person believes they are right. And let’s say you know who is right and who is wrong. The funny thing you’ll observe is that there is no difference in how the two people fight for their positions. The person who is wrong feels like they are right as much as the person who is right believes it. This brings us to Adams’s insight:

“Being absolutely right and being spectacularly wrong feel exactly the same.”

We’ve all experienced this. Recall a time you discovered some new information that proved you were surely wrong about something you had previously believed to be true. You couldn’t tell you were wrong before you found the new information. Being right and wrong felt the same.

Now think about where we all stand today. There are likely many, many things we believe to be true that we are wrong about, but we can’t tell which is which, it all feels the same. There is very little (maybe nothing) that we can be 100% sure about. I took this as a good reminder to stay humble.

I recommend Loserthink and all of Adams’s books.

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