“May you have a lawsuit in which you know you are right.” – Ancient Chinese Curse
We all listen to that small voice inside our heads that says, “I’m right and if you don’t see that, then you’re crazy.”
Unfortunately, this can work against us. It makes us stubbornly cling to positions without being able to see other options that might be beneficial. I see this all the time in settlement negotiations and litigation.
It also happens in marriage as well. The next time you argue with your spouse, ask yourself, “Would I rather be happy or be right?” Being right is such a powerful attraction that many people would pick it over being happy.
I think one of my friends said it best. “I only knew for sure I was right one time in my life. And that time I turned out to be wrong.”