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How to Avoid Bad Decisions

April 11, 2014

ShowgirlI was in downtown Memphis. It was 4am and I was with two friends at an after-hours club. House music blared from the sound system.

A sexy Asian woman approached my friend Larry and started chatting him up. She thought he was cute. And he was very into her.

My friends were nice guys, but sometimes they made bad decisions — like doing drugs and drinking too much.

Larry was drunk. Maybe high. Probably both.

A few minutes later, he told me, “She wants to go to the car with me, so we can be alone. I’ll be back in a bit.”

It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time…

The long story short is that the sexy Asian woman was actually a dude…just like the “ladyboy” pictured above.

Perspective changes everything.

So how do you get perspective? Here are 11 ways…

  1. reading books, especially autobiographies
  2. traveling
  3. talking to customers
  4. saying “yes” to new opportunities and jumping in fully to get personal experience
  5. attending seminars
  6. looking at how other industries do things
  7. taking classes (both business and non-business related)
  8. hiring experts
  9. watching documentary films
  10. listening to interviews with successful people
  11. asking questions

Final Thoughts

Don’t let your lack of perspective keep you from making the best decision possible. With that said, don’t let your lack of perspective turn you into Buridan’s ass.

Regardless of the perspective you have, you’ll never get things 100% correct. However, you won’t totally screw anything up either. At the very least, you’ll walk away with new knowledge and skills to help you make better choices in the future.

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