Why Is It Important To Admit To Mistakes? George Soros Imparts Words Of Wisdom

As a nation, America values the confident type. Successful people are seen as infallible. The ideal business man or woman, or politician, gets things right the first time. Trial and error is seen as unnecessary and inconvenient.

Billionaire and successful world trader George Soros shares a different perspective. In an article written for The Atlantic several years ago, Soros described a concept called an “open society” in depth. Soros, whose Hungarian roots introduced him at an early age to the atrocities of the Nazi regime and the consequences of communism, values freedom of choice. He says that freedom is paramount. He describes an open society as one in which no controlling force has the final word on what is true and what is false. Read more about George at The New York Times.

Soros teaches that an open society is one in which mistakes are openly discussed and learned from. Instead of stigmatizing mistakes, they can be seen as mighty teachers. In a society in which trial and error were regular modes of learning, progress would be much faster. Soros explained that within a truly open society, trial and error would became a valued process: “The open society not only allows this process but actually encourages it, by insisting on freedom of expression and protecting dissent”. Instead of judging or shunning people with new and unconventional ideas, an open society would listen and learn. Leaders would own up to faults, and errors would not be seen as unnecessary transgressions from a productive path, but instead part of the path itself. He writes that the ideal society must be open to seeing its own faults because that way it can improve. If we cannot see our faults, and as a society aim at being right all the time, then improvements can not be made. Mistakes are the foundations of progress.

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George Soros is a unique thinker in our modern age. His theories have helped him succeed in the financial world. His career shows that he thinks for himself and is not afraid to speak his mind. In some cases, this means being laughed at (as was the case after the Berlin wall fell, when Soros proposed that world leaders install a new Marshall Plan). He never lets the opinions of others deter him from his values.

He works tirelessly to devote his wealth to programs that matter to him. He has given millions in past years to political movements which he supports (such as his donations to thwart the conservative majority in 2004, or funding to the Clinton campaign in 2016). He started a fund called The Open Society fund, which is aimed at creating open societies around the globe. His political activism is not limited to one country or people. He has worked towards progressive change in South Africa, Europe, and America. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.

Thor Halvorssen Sees No Need To Play Politics

Thor Halvorssen has become a well known face on the TV and in newspapers after providing his opinion on a series of human rights matters for some of the best known news outlets in the world. Halvorssen is also well known by many of the world’s most despicable tyrants for the strong role he maintains as one of the world’s leading human rights activists who is willing to place his own body and reputation on the line for the good of others around the world.

Born in Venezuela to a prominent political family and studying for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Political Science should have set the New York based activist on a journey towards a successful governmental career; however, Halvorssen has always fought against the need for politics to dominate his life and instead looks to use his skills solely to secure human rights for all. The University of Pennsylvania graduate goes so far as to claim he has no idea where the political allegiances of those he works alongside at the Human Rights Foundation he founded in 2005 may lie. Thor Halvorssen believes human rights violations should be publicized no matter what political leanings those who commit these atrocities may have.

In the past, Thor Halvorssen has made public the human rights issues seen in socialist countries such as Cuba and his home nation of Venezuela where Halvorssen’s own father and mother have had their rights taken away illegally. Thor Halvorssen believes the Fox News network asked him for his opinion on Democratic Socialist Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in 2016 as he was expected to oppose his election. Instead Halvorssen revealed he had made financial donations to the Sanders campaign as he was the only candidate to remain free from the problems of maintaining formal links with governments and world leaders who regularly commit human rights abuses.