When it’s wrong to be right

Confidence can get you a long way in the world.

It’s got Donald Trump to president. It’s taken Christiano Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or. It’s helped me pull of many a questionable outfit.

Confidence is key, a lot of the time.

But sometimes, having too much can ruin things.

Especially when those things are ideas.

There’s a lot of confidence in marketing, and often you need it to get an idea across or stand up in front of someone and present your work. Ideas can be a very personal thing, and it takes guts to put them out into the world for people to judge.

That’s a good level of confidence.

It becomes too much when you won’t let your idea die, or push it so hard it knocks other good ideas off the table.

It happens all the time, when confidence becomes ego, and ego becomes the reason creative work clashes. When egos can’t decide who’s right (because ultimately, they believe it’s them) they mesh the ideas together as a compromise, ruining them all and turning the work into a horrible cocktail where nothing stands out.

Compromise never leads to something you really want. Look at Brexit. The final result won’t please people who voted leave, while those who voted remain will wonder what the point was. (No, but seriously, what is the point?)

While it will be sold as a win-win, it will actually be more of a meh-meh.

Sometimes it’s better to be wrong than right.

Accepting another idea is better and putting your ego to one side can help that idea shine, instead of blurring it with something else.

Accepting someone else might be on to something can make you look like help instead of a hinderance.

Being wrong can ultimately lead to something being right, which is better than being right and creating something average.

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