How do I know I am right?

Our question this week has been inspired by the founder of Bridgewater Associates, Ray Dalio. In his book Principles, he references this question showing how it has informed the incredible resilience that Bridgewater has demonstrated over the decades.

Bridgewater is an internationally well-known company, for three major reasons. Firstly, they’ve got an incredibly unique view of their work culture, which is very ‘life-giving’ to those within it. They are also a $160 billion hedge fund operation – so we’re talking about a big organisation in this world. Lastly, they’re incredibly well known for their resilience. 


Ray puts this resilience down to asking good questions, which gets us seriously excited because that is our ethos too. Asking good questions stimulates deep thinking. A great question he raises in his book is, “How do I know I am right?” He goes on to say we need to move away from the statement of “I know I’m right”, to “how, do I know?”

how do I know I am right

In essence, asking a good question doesn’t solve a problem; it actually creates a new one.

 Hopefully a very meaningful one. Neuroscience processes say that our brains give us a dopamine rush when we conclude. We like to find meaning in everything, and so our brains love to conclude as quickly as possible. 

But this isn’t always very helpful to us. In the instance of this question, “How do I know I’m right”, we can easily assume without asking that question that we are right, the other persons the villain, and that’s that. But is that, really that? 

Do you want to hear the not so nice news about you and I? The truth is …

So now that we have literally reduced us all to lazy not so good thinkers that stumble around this world blindly…. What now?

If I could sum up the essence of this podcast it would be this: 

We’re all for positivity, and know that we need to have a positive outlook on life wherever possible so that we can embrace and love and live. However…

Don’t let positivity stop you from doing deep thinking.

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Deep thinking is what will really turn the soils of our minds. It is what will unearth unexpected truths and great discoveries. Deep thinking opens us up towards that which we might receive, and teaches us to have a sharper awareness towards that which we might otherwise have missed. We as a collective, run the risk of using positivity as a blanket to cover the deep thinking that we often know in our hearts needs to be done. Do not let positivity keep you from digging deeper, going further and opening up the golden, hidden pathways within our desires and duties that we would otherwise have no idea, are within. 

Here's some everyday examples where we might find this question useful.

After all of this, can we really claim convictions?

Of course we can. We aren’t saying that you can never claim you’re right. But we encourage you to do the deep thinking, the research, the work around the situation so that you really do know if what you’re believing in is something of value. As Desmond Tutu says, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” 

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