99.999% of life’s decisions are retractableI heard some great advice today from Y-Combinator backed founder Dave Messina. Simply put:
I heard some great advice today from Y-Combinator backed founder Dave Messina. Simply put:
Almost any choice you make can be corrected without consequence.
This struck a particular chord with me — something a bit different from what I have been hearing my whole life. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s a refreshing thought. And, save a few extraneous circumstances (like having a child), it holds true.
This is a very different type of advice.
In school, we are taught that every multiple choice question matters. We get caught up in the midst of technicalities, that perspective is lost. We worry and stress and take years off of our lives over the smallest things.
In the workplace, we are taught to work with utmost accuracy. Each cell in our document must be programmed precisely. We stress out over excel functions and get worked up in simple designs.
This is a great exercise. A perspective-check. A thought cleanse.
Realize that most decisions you make today will not determine the fate of your future.
Rather, understand that your future is a sum-product of a number of your decisions. A friendly reminder to remember there is a long-term and a short-term: do not over-worry about the latter. I know I have.
Exported from Medium on February 17, 2018.