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Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz
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Jun 04, 2010

it was amazing
Read in June, 2010

Two truths readily acknowledged: being right feels oh so good, and being wrong feels just awful. Nuff said? No! As it turns out, there's a lot more to be said, and Ms. Schulz says it quite elegantly, entertainingly, and movingly.

With examples ranging from the mundane to the tragic, she carefully explains precisely how errors come about and why we feel about them as we do. Along the way, she makes the point that error not only has the capability to embarrass us, but also can have the power to teach, to expand minds and hearts, to make better people.

She didn't quote Samuel Beckett, but I will: we can "fail better."

I throughly enjoyed this read, was fascinated by her anecdotes and theories and delighted by her style. Plus, I think this book opened my eyes to changes in attitude that can help me make better use of my own slips and flubs.
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message 1: by Karl (new) - added it

Karl Styrsky Ironically, I was just searching for this book at the library under the title "Being Right". You can check out Kathryn Schultz's Ted Talk here:


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