The cost of being wrong

2019-04-20T17:12:58+00:00

….is (often) less than the cost of doing nothing.

Yes.

Only that most people don’t get to realize this until they are approaching the departure lounge of life. If they are lucky, the light pops at mid-life, then, they start to rue all of the chances they never took. It is almost certain that most people do not regret the things they did badly as much as they regret the things they didn’t do at all. (One weighs ounces while the other weighs pounds).

The thing is, if you attempt it, you might not get it, but if you don’t attempt it, you WILL not get it (whatever ‘it’ means to you). That’s a surety. You don’t get a chance at the job if you don’t apply for it. You cannot make a best-seller of a book you do not write. You cannot create a million dollar enterprise of a company you don’t get to launch.

What is rather shocking is that this failure people dread is almost never as bad as they fear it will be. It’s the fear that they feel, not the failure. It’s our fear that scares the hell out of us and ensures we never take any action. Look, it is okay for us to conserve our energy and not channel them to a series of impossible project that drains us but if the only cost of being wrong is the associated experience of being rejected or of being told no, then it’s a foolish compromise to err too soon on the side of doing only the things that are guaranteed to work.

Here’s what I think, at a level of consciousness, it is better to make a wrong decision than to be indecisive. Often times, the person who fails the most, wins!

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