Right vs. Wise – Which Is Winning The Fight In Your Life?

What’s your relationship to being right?

Love it, right?

Am I right, or am I right?
(Pun intended)

There’s something magically, wonderful about raising your hand and having the right answer!
…or giving the right directions!
…or wearing the right clothes!

Being right is righteous!

So…can right ever be wrong?


Most of us can remember that time when we saw a co-worker interrupt and correct the big boss in a meeting. That co-worker may have been right, but for some reason everyone else cringed. Some how it felt wrong.


That cringe fell over the group because it wasn’t wise. There’s a big difference between being right versus being wise.

I happen to know a lot of really smart people who are right most of the time, yet they don’t seem to ever make traction towards the things that really matter to them, like their relationships and careers.

My observations have led me to believe that being right all the time comes with a fairly high price. That high price includes stunted career potential, broken relationships and fragile, fickle friendships, along with so much more. All this comes at the cost of being right.

What’s the cost of being wise?

Being wise requires active listening, pensive patience and the possibility of knowingly, being made wrong.

Being wise sometimes requires silence, even when you know you are right.


Being wise requires self-discipline and the ability to focus on the totality of what’s at stake versus the illusion of necessity in the moment.

Being wise requires self-discipline and the ability to focus on the totality of what’s at stake versus the illusion of necessity in the moment.

Why be wise?

Well, if wisdom is being applied in an effort to achieve a big picture goal, the payback can be truly righteous!
(Pun intended again)

This week, conduct a self assessment of where you land in the conflict of right vs. wise?

What’s the percentage?

How can you shift your everyday behavior towards being wise?

I suppose the goal for each of us would be to swing the pendulum towards wise as much as we possibly can. It’s a tough task and a tall glass, but who said living the best life possible was supposed to be easy.

After all…being right all the time isn’t all that easy either.

Until next week…
Stay inspired; it’s a lifestyle choice!

About the Author:

Linal Harris
Global Entrepreneur – Certified Life Coach – Media Personality – Speaker


Linal Harris is a global entrepreneur, certified life coach, author, and media personality. As the founder of Inspirational Perspective® Publishing, LLC and Insights 4 Life™ Coaching, LLC, Harris challenges his global audience and coaching clients to Murder Mediocrity® and live their best life possible. Harris concentrates his work as an ontological coach with clients on what he calls the 4 pillars of life; the relationship we have to ourselves, the relationships we have with others, our relationship to work and money, and the connection we have to our spirit and life’s purpose. Harris coaches CEO’s, executives, entrepreneurs, athletes and celebrities. Harris is the author of “Slay Your Goals”, where he provides his readers with scientific and research backed tips for achieving their goals. Harris is an expert goal-setter and has been called upon by Fortune 500 companies to assist with setting their strategic priorities, facilitate goal-setting sessions and provide inspirational talks.

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