Well, Maybe You Weren’t Right
People get into arguments all the time about stupid things, even their hobbies, let alone sports or entertainment or politics. I can understand arguing about the way your kid is educated, but not about why someone else should use your workout regimen or golf stuff. But I think most argument is about the low self-esteem of one or both parties who are threatened by being “wrong.”
As I pioneered value based fees in the solo consulting world, a small group of people harshly resisted, telling me, absurdly, they could make more by their hourly charges. I finally realized the basis for their irrationality: They were afraid to admit to themselves that they had spent years losing money, and consequently wouldn’t admit that a change would make them more money.
That’s why many people argue—they can’t tolerate the thought that they may have been wrong before.