You are always wrong, even when you are right.
It’s a sad fact of life — one that you will probably learn by yourself too late in life — that being right, in and by itself, won’t do you any good.
Case in point: I spent much of my life studying, experimenting and finding the right answers, the right ways. For the most part and in most circumstances, I was: right. Yet little of it ever made any impact on anything I was involved in.
You can be right in an argument, or a fight, and still lose the argument, or end up knocked out, or worse. Hamilton was right about Burr. His aim, maybe, not so much. Nevertheless, he lost the duel and ended up dead. Lesson learned: being right doesn’t matter.
In any human organization, you can be 100% right, every single time: right about how to proceed, how to succeed, even how to win. The truth is: nobody cares. They will feign approval, or they will “think about it.” But rarely if ever will they act on the right things, the right way.
I stopped counting the times when I’ve been told: “you were right again,” after things went all wrong (again.) And with the same breath: being ignored about the next “right” thing to do or say, as they keep on doing it “wrong.” It turns out that statistics and facts have very little influence on people’s behavior or decisions. When it comes to humans, power and its exercise have a lot more weight than the truth, no matter what disguise “truth” uses.
Unless, and until you have the power and the will to execute what’s right — a rare and difficult-to-maintain combo — you will likely live and die being right for the wrong reasons.