One awful trend I see anime content creators fall into over and over is focusing on proving themselves “right” instead of focusing on achieving the best outcome possible.
People who are working to prove themselves right will work hard finding evidence for why they’re right. They’ll go to the ends of the earth to disagree with someone who has another idea. Everything becomes about their stance being correct.
These otherwise well-intentioned creatives are all carving the same terrible mark with their content, pushing opportunity for new perspectives and potential growth away by simply being stubborn.
They want to be right. They see being right as how they prove their worth. The best outcome was their content being right. Because …
If they weren’t right, then what were they? Wrong?
But … they couldn’t be wrong. Their egos won’t let them.
Other people? They could be wrong. But not them.
It’s a little silly thinking given how subjective the vast majority of content that’s produced by ani-tubers and ani-bloggers ends up being, but this thought process still pops up nonetheless.
Nobody wants to think of their opinion on anime as “wrong.” Nobody wants to create “wrong” content.
So ultimately being “right” becomes the sought after outcome. Having your opinion being overwhelmingly celebrated than scorned to the extent that you feel comfortable in perceiving yourself as correct.
That’s what’s desired. That’s often what people consider the best outcome for themselves.
I worked toward achieving the best outcome I came up with myself and not the best outcome that was possible.
For the longest time, I thought that if the winning idea wasn’t my idea, then I’d be nothing. I thought no one would see me as valuable. No one would see me as insightful. People would think I wasn’t adding value. And worse, I’d see myself as not contributing.
I’ve never been so wrong.
I had so much of my identity wrapped up in being “right” during that time that I was blind to how the community really works. I was acting delusional — I worked toward achieving the best outcome I came up with myself and not the best outcome that was possible.
At Seasonal Prattle, one of our principles is that we work with the community as it really is, not as we want it to be. My desire to be right reflected how I wanted the community to work, not how it actually worked.
The most important lesson I’ve learned from being a content creator is that the more I give up trying to be right, the better the outcomes get for everyone. I don’t care about stubbornly holding to my opinion, creating waves of content to “defend why I’m right” or why those around me or just plain wrong on a given topic. I care about creating the best win-win outcomes I can.