I hear it often and every time I do it makes me cringe. It’s funny because the words are usually offered as some sort of high praise, but to me they’re nothing if not damning. But really, how often do you hear someone praised because they know exactly what they want?

Dead-enders still enamored with George W. Bush hold up his stubbornness and steadfast resolve as a of badge of honor. But it’s not only politicians and world leaders that remain true to their vision, it’s artists as well. I’ve seen second rate musicians praised for knowing exactly what sound they want the moment they step into the studio. And I’ve seen photographers and filmmakers lauded by cast and crew alike for knowing exactly what they want before the first frame is shot.

What’s Wrong with Being Wrong

I don’t get it. What’s the virtue in knowing exactly what you want? Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying you shouldn’t have any kind of idea or vision in your head, but what’s wrong with adapting and changing that vision. Why is there a need to know exactly what you want before you even start? What’s wrong with being unsure? What’s wrong with being wrong?

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