The one about right and wrong

It’s wrong to be right!

Being right is based upon knowlede and experience and is often provable. Knowledge comes from the past, so it’s safe. It is also out of date. It is the opposite of originality.

Experience is built from solutions to old situations and problems. The old situations are probably different from the present ones, so that old solution will have to be bent to fit new problems – And possibly fit badly – Also, the likelihood is that, if you’ve got the experiance, you’ll probably use it. –This is lazy..!

Experience is the opposite of being creative. If you can prove you’re right, you’re set in concrete. You cannot move with the times or with other people.

Being right is also being boring. You mind is closed. You are not open to new ideas. You are rooted in your own rightness, which is arrogant. Arrogance is a valuable tool, but only if used very sparingly.

Worst of all, being right has a tone of morality about it. To be anything else sounds weak or fallible, and people who are right would hate to be tought fallible.

So: It’s wrong to be right, because people who are right are rooted in the past, rigid-minded, dull and smug.

It’s right to be wrong

Start being wrong and suddenly anything is possible. You’re no longer trying to be infallible.

You’re in the unknown. There’s no way of knowing what can happen, but there’s more chance of it being amazing than if you try to be right. Of course, being wrong is a risk.

Prople worry about suggesting stupid ideas, because of what ofthers will think. You will have been in meetings, where new thinking has been called for. At your original suggestion, instead of saying, ‘that’s the kind of thinking, that leads us to a novel solution’, the room goes quiet, they look up to the ceiling, roll their eyes and return to the discussion.

Risks are a measure of people. People who won’t take them are trying to preserve what they have. People who do take them often end up by having more. Some risks have a future, and some people call them wrong. But being right may be like walking backwards proving where you’ve been.

Being wrong isn’t in the future, or in the past. Being wrong isn’t anywhere but here.

It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.

Paul Arden - Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi for 14 years

Paul Arden - Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi for 14 years


The two viewpoints above are heavily inspired  by Paul Arden and  page 54-57 of his book It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.

It’s a pocket-size, fast read, filled with subjects as diverse as the value of being fired, clients and how to get past mental blocks.

– And of course i’d suggest it to … pretty much anyone, anywhere.

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