How to make a decision that you won't regret?

8:48 PM Saturday, September 12, 2015 adrian oh 1 Comments

We make decisions, big or small, every day.

How many times have you faced a tough decision and asked yourself, “What should I do?”  Or maybe, “What’s the right decision?”

And some of the decisions (like migrate or not to migrate, having kids or not having kids, career or own startup etc), will have a big impact on our lives.

So how to make a real good decision? Well, good is pretty subjective (and always relative), and only time can tell. How about a decision which we would not regret later?

One useful method in making tough decision - is what Amazon's CEO called -  "Regret Minimization Framework"

How does it work?

Now imagine you were 80s and dying on the bed, you are looking back on your life. Would you have regretted not making this decision now? Would you have regretted not trying? Would not pursuing this path haunt you for the rest of your life?

When you think about it that way - it should be quite an incredibly easy decision. Because you already know that when you were 80 and dying, you were not going to regret having made this decision now (even if you failed, at least you followed your heart and tried)

This is your life, your story. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story and have minimal regrets. I will leave you with what Uncle Steve Jobs had to say about death as the single most powerful decision making tool.
“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart " - Steve Jobs

1 comment:

  1. omg, this is so true, i hope i can learn something about my life from this onward. no one escape death...