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Apr 22, 2022

Be wrong, less

Tom Hosiawa • 1 min read

I was never sure what to think of the saying, being right, a lot. But on reading this, I love this framing.

Be wrong, less
i.e. make less unforced errors

He meant that thinking about a problem from an inverse perspective can unlock new solutions and  trategies. The concept of inverse thinking can help you with the challenge of making good decisions. The inverse of being right more is being wrong less. Mental models are a tool set that can help you be wrong less.

Another insight

Such an applicable difference. It's not about avoiding being wrong; it's about being less wrong about things you can control - Eliza Jensen

A personal analogy and something that always bugged me but I couldn't put into words until now. Why the saying move fast; analysis paralysis is overlooking the nuance!

You see this a lot in business because many don't have to explain their thought process. We make it sound mysterious and chaotic, so we believe it's the norm when we hear, I feel it and don't know how to explain, but we're doing it.

Once you learn writing, though, you realize David Perell is right

Writing is the best way to realize that half the ideas you're 100% certain about actually make no sense once you put them on paper.

An example of the nuance. I played on 2 softball teams in 2014. Huge fan of the game. Played since childhood, but not much of a hitter. That year, I picked up "The Science of Hitting" by Ted Williams.

Super short read. I went out and practiced everything he taught for a few weeks. That year I hit 3 home runs! I had never come close before. Ever!

The lesson, if you lean to gut-feel approach. That works, but you have to be prepared to practice 10x hours to learn the patterns that those who came before did. Grunt your way through it.

There's no right way. You do you. But be aware of what you have to do:

  • Gut feel, move fast mindset: move super fast and spend 10x effort learning the patterns.
  • Methodical/Learning-first mindset: research in small chunks and practice the patterns immediately. Always have a showable, working output that you can show others how you applied it.

Cover of The Science of Hitting