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How do you make life-changing decisions?

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The very smart Ryan Holiday has an excellent post up about making big decisions.

These were my takeaways:

  • Whatever happens, you’ll be fine. You’re not deciding whether to do opt for chemo or not.
  • Get information, not advice.
  • Think about where you want to go, back out your decisions from there.
  • Consider opportunity costs.
  • Sometimes, you have to act before you’re ready.
  • Rely on cognitive dissonance to protect you from regret.
  • Generally, act in a way that leaves as many possible options open as possible.
  • People have been doing [whatever it is you’re deciding about] for a while now. This is all written down, often in the first person. Read it.
  • Finally, don’t feel guilty for asking for help. There is NOT A CHANCE that the successful people you know today didn’t rely on the successful people they knew in order to get where they are.

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