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you don’t have to get it right all the time

May 26, 2015

It was the first line of the post below that got to me.  We do place a lot of focus in our culture about making good choices.  We encourage people to do research, read consumer reviews, talk to others, visit places, all in an effort to ensure we make informed, good choices.  To make the “right” choice.  But as the post says, making the right choice isn’t always going to happen, and there is much to be learned and gained from changing directions and doing something over.  And these days with a focus on doing the right thing and making a good choice, it takes a lot of courage to tell the world that as it turns out you are going to try something different.  I encourage you to step up and have the courage, if there is something you need to “do over”, that’s okay.  Making the “right” choice the first time isn’t the only way.

 

The do over

Our culture places a huge premium on choosing the right answer, as if we’re all on some sort of game show.

Much less credit is given to people brave enough to realize that they’ve made a mistake who go ahead and choose a new direction, a new strategy or a new set of tactics.

When we find ourselves in a deep hole, it’s rarely because we encountered a single terrible glitch. Usually, it’s the result of compounding, of doubling down on a worldview or a stand or a habit that just doesn’t pay.

Given a choice between changing tactics based on data and staying on the road in the wrong direction, I think the best path is pretty clear. The hard part is figuring out what to tell the others. Do overs are possible, but they take guts.

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