Albert Einstein, on being congratulated that an experiment had confirmed a prediction in his theories of relativity, said,
“No amount of experimentation will ever prove me completely right, but one new fact can prove me completely wrong.”
Certainty should be reserved for things which are eternally, unquestionably true. Not much meets this criterion.
Let’s adopt Albert’s attitude when we think or speak of our ideas at work, politics, philosophy, topics at home, or anything else that doesn’t reach the high bar of certainty. Otherwise we invite resistance, often lots of it. Let’s be honest with ourselves about what’s truly true. Only then can we have a hope to influence others.
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