In 1973, just weeks into 10th grade, I came home and made this wise and prophetic (NOT!) statement to my mother:
“Mom, I’m quitting typing class. I’ll never need it.”
Forty years later, as I create this blog using only my middle fingers—can you say “clumsy, awkward, and slow”?—I will now share 7 additional amazingly dumb proclamations I’ve made:
1980: I will never leave Cargill. I’ll retire here and get a gold watch! I split in February 1986.
1986: Who, me—sell? No way. I’m no salesperson. If I had never started selling training to execs, there would be no QBQ! book.
1987: I will not buy a snowblower! Two Minnesota winters took care of that.
1996: A website is not something I’ll need as a speaker. See this.
1998: No way I’ll spend money on an underground sprinkler system for a lawn! Um, try to keep sod alive in the Colorado desert without one.
2003: Blogging? No need, it’s just a fad. Please note what you’re reading.
2011: We will never own a “second home.” Too much money, too much work! Well, it sits in the Rocky Mountains and we enjoy weekends there. #Blessed
I often speak of things of which I know nothing.
We even touched on that truth in the new Parenting the QBQ Way book where my wife, Karen, penned something like, “John has never had an opinion he didn’t share out loud.”
Said differently, I’m okay with who, what, and where I am—even though I’ve made a plethora of mistakes.
I also know I’m not the only one who believes in living life the way I have …
Many years ago, I met with a VP of a mortgage firm and when I asked him to describe his approach to people management, he said this:
“John, I want my people to be often wrong, but never in doubt.”
I’ve never forgotten those words.
Was he really saying he wants his staff/team to make mistakes, act on incorrect judgments, and commit errors in their work?
Well, yes … because without all that, there will be no success. Remember:
Inherent in the growth process is failure.
I recently completed the first of two “Personal Accountability and the QBQ!” speaking engagements for the outstanding organization—Boston Market. They have 7 guiding values and one of them is this:
Think Big and Be Bold
I love that. It speaks to risk-taking, action, and getting stuff done!
And, being wrong. Because nobody is always right.
So, my counsel is this:
Go forth and be wrong today, because sometimes being wrong is the right thing to do.
What WRONG proclamations have you made?
Do you need to be WRONG more often? What holds you back?