I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. But - a tradition I do maintain - is trying to come up with a “watch word” that I use as a reminder each year of where I’m trying to grow. In the past, I’ve used “courage”, or “patience”, or “humility”. This year, though, as I’m one year into leaving my job at Facebook, the word I’ve chosen is “Wrong.”
And so that, dear, reader - is where I start my introduction to this blog. My goal here is to be “wrong.” And more than that, to fail publicly.
It’s really easy for me to not share ideas. I tell myself that it’s because I hate self-promotion, and that’s probably true, but the other truth is that I hate the idea of being wrong. The former high-school-know-it-all in me hates, hates, hates that I don’t have all the answers, and that someone else might easily point out my mistakes.
But if you never share your thinking, you also can never grow beyond what your mind creates by itself. I have come to believe that our superpower as a species is not our capacity for reason, but our capacity for communication, for sharing ideas, and for learning from people with different perspectives (and different minds).
So, at the risk of being wrong in a public way, I’m going to start sharing some thoughts and ideas here. When I’m wrong, hopefully, I’ll learn something from those experiences.
Hello, World. I really don’t know that much. Time to be wrong. Time to learn.
If you want to follow along on this journey, and help us learn some things together, I’ll be posting updates on Twitter (@astein13), and sparing my Facebook and Instagram friends the trouble of reading about crypto, psychology, philosophy or whatever novel has my attention this week. Would love to hear from you.