Being Correct is not Sufficient

A cross-stitch has hung on the wall of my family home for as long as I can remember. It reads:

John says:
Being Correct
Is Not

I'm developing a tendency to quote this at people when the situation warrants it. They're usually somewhat confused - and explaining that John is my father only alleviates some of it. I quote it at people because it's probably the most important lesson I've ever learnt for getting through life.

Because being correct isn't the only thing that counts.

Having the power to follow through on your correct-ness is also important.
And the other person also has to agree that you're correct before you will ever get anywhere.
And you've really got to think about the consequences of your correct-ness. Will being correct change anything in a positive way? Or will being correct just result in arguments? And are those arguments worth it?

Being correct is not sufficent.

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Comment by Mel on May 27, 2009 at 4:45pm
Very nice philosophy! I picked up something similar from Pirates of the Caribbean. "There's only two things in life that matter - what a man can do, and what a man can't do."
I can spend all day on the Internet instead of working - but I can't get an A if I do!
Comment by JayBarti on May 27, 2009 at 10:57am
That phrase dovetails nicely with the basic tenet my mother raised me on which is...

Own your decisions, don't let them own you.

She raised me with the concept that "I" am singularly responsible for my own ideas and decisions. It always made me consider my actions and the results that could happen based on what decisions I made, for good or bad. She also never let me shirk the responsibility that came from making bad choices, the mistakes we make are just as important as the ones we don't.
Comment by Mel on May 26, 2009 at 7:51pm
Well I think so :D
Comment by Angie Jackson on May 26, 2009 at 7:48pm
Your dad sounds like a real smart guy.

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