You’ve got multiple interests, ideas, projects, passions, products, job offers, blah, blah, blah. They all sound cool. All have serious potential, pluses, minuses, risks and rewards.
Which do I choose? And, oh my, what if I choose WRONG?!?!
I asked this question to world-renowned thought-leader, bazillion-time New York Times bestelling author and professional ruckus-maker, Seth Godin, in this week’s Good Life Project™. His answer made me smile, because it’s the same thing I often tell folks who come to me with the same question.
Drum roll…it doesn’t matter.
What’s more important is simply that you choose! As Seth shared, the only wrong choice is no choice. Because…
Inaction kills possibility. Click to tweet
So many people get so hung up on not wanting to make the wrong choice that they never choose, never act, never engage, never experience, never live, never have the opportunity to succeed, fail, adjust, grow, thrive.
They keep having the conversation in their head. Because they’re terrified of having to retread and start fresh on a new path after a choice that leads them to invest time, energy and resources on something that falls short of their aspirations.
Guess what, you may have to do just that. You may find yourself months or even years down the road starting along a new path.
But, what you miss when you choose not to choose is that choosing “wrong,” and even crashing and burning almost always has extraordinary value. And, with rare exception, it’s not only recoverable, but hugely educational and empowering IF you choose to experience it as such.
You may run the gauntlet (been there and likely will again, btw), but the experience will elevate your game with every future choice and make the inevitable win so much juicer.
As Bob Taylor, the legendary founder of Taylor Guitars once shared with me, the fastest way to build beautiful guitars is to build more really bad ones.
Is this a 100% rule? Er, more like 98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.
I’d have to carve out things like in medicine or other pursuits where life and limb are literally at stake if you choose wrong. For the doctor, the rule still applies, for patient though, not so much. But outside those arenas, there is no right or wrong choice, only decision, action, awakening and movement…as long as you’re open to elevating growth and engagement as core life metrics.
You may well get lucky and choose a path that leads to instant, exponential reward. You may take a more circuitous path that bumps and steels along the way. But, one thing’s certain…
Choose not to choose and you automatically lose. Click to tweet
This was just one topic of conversation with Seth. The conversation was, well, pretty mindblowing. We covered tremendous ground, including his take on publishing, what he was really doing when he raised $287,000 for his next book in a week on Kickstarter (hint: it wasn’t crowdfunding), why he shut down The Domino Project, how he builds businesses these days, what it means to live a good life and soooo much more awesomeness.
My question today is…
What are you having trouble choosing between right now?
And will you commit publicly to one. Now? Yes, you can even do it in the comments below.
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