You’re Wrong

Odds are you’re wrong about many things and that’s OK.

The biggest lesson I’m learning through my time at bloc is that I am frequently and regularly wrong.

Odds are you’re wrong about many things and that’s OK.

The biggest lesson I’m learning through my time at bloc is that I am frequently and regularly wrong. One of the beautiful features of coding is that is has little room for grey area. Either the code works or it doesn’t . Sure, most code can be more efficient, more lean, or just generally written better; ┬ábut at the end of the day, what matters most is that it works and you are shipping code.

When it doesn’t work, I’ll blame everything but the code. “How could I possibly mess this up?” “This is an easy script to write.” “It must be my browser, or some extension I have loaded…” These are the battle cries of the feeble coder who will never deliver.

Looking beyond the juxtaposition of words and symbols hacked into the black canvas of my laptop, I see that this fear of being wrong isn’t limited to my inability to write JavaScript regular expressions. I see it all around me. For some reason western culture, and perhaps all cultures, suffer the ailment believing that right makes might. Why do we so desire to be right? Being right proves little more than knowledge of a particular subject matter. But being wrong… that’s where the power is. When you admit to being wrong, you admit to being open to knowledge. In fact, I would argue that the more wrong you are today, the more right you’ll be tomorrow.

Be inquisitive. Ask questions. Seek knowledge. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to be wrong.

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