(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


Why not both? Seems reasonable, that you could be both right and effective, and sometimes you can.

However, most of the time “being right” gets in the way of “being effective”.

If you have a need to be right, you will keep pressing until you win, thereby satisfying your need. By pressing, you cut off input from others, which limits your growth. “All of us is smarter than any of us” is a wise old saying. By driving to be right you isolate yourself and narrow your options.

Being effective means to get the result you really want. Period. Asking for, and listening to, suggestions and ideas from useful sources is almost always going to produce better outcomes for you.

From time to time ask yourself, “Do I need to be right? Or would I rather be effective?”


Copyright 2001 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.