Nobody knows what to do


Something that has given me a lot of clarity over the past couple of weeks is realising that nobody knows exactly what to do at any given point in time.

I mean, nobody can ever know exactly what to do.

Without having some kind of crystal ball or knowing the result of every ensuing step after this particular decision, there’s no way you can ask someone “what do we do next?” and have them give you the finite answer, no matter how much expertise or experience they have.

Sure, experts make knowledgeable decisions based on what they know has worked in the past, but when has simply doing what we’ve always done helped us improve on anything?

And yeah, a dumb decision is still a dumb decision, but for every dumb decision there are a million good decisions, and a hundred thousand excellent decisions, and a hundred superb decisions, but never one perfect decision.

All we have to do is choose one of the good decisions.

If you’re wondering where that amazing photo came from, it was taken by Australian photographer, Jonas Peterson


2 thoughts on “Nobody knows what to do

  1. Reply
    gary - December 4, 2011

    Sometimes you just have to make a decision and run with it. It can be argued that people who don’t make a decision at all are making a dumb decision and we can all be guilty of procrastination. Some of the really great entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Steve Jobs I am sure have made bad decisions in their time, but the difference is that they turned most of the bad decisions they made into good ones.

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    Chris Pahor - December 4, 2011

    Great comment and an excellent addition to this post. Even a decision that turns out wrong can be made into a good one. Thanks Gary.

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