In many situations, people care more about proving that they are right than they do about doing what’s best for them and for others. This is a problematic mindset, that can hinder you in many areas of life, including in domains such as your professional development and your personal relationships.
Being smart means making the best possible move in a situation, from a strategic perspective. Being right means proving that you are right about something or doing something just because you are technically entitled to do it.
There are various advantages to prioritizing being smart over being right, including being able to pick your battles more wisely, becoming better at convincing others of your viewpoint, and becoming better at forming positive relationships with others.
Essentially, the key to making sure that you’re being smart is to always ask yourself: “is this the best thing I can say or do right now?” before you take action.
In some situations, proving that you are right might be the best move for you to make, but you should make sure that this is indeed the case before acting, and that you’re not driven to acting this way by factors such as insecurity or lack of self-control.