4. Having too many choices interferes with decision making.
Here in the twenty-first century where information moves at the speed of light and opportunities for innovation seem endless, we have an abundant array of choices when it comes to designing our lives and careers. But sadly, an abundance of choice often leads to indecision, confusion and inaction.
Several business and marketing studies have shown that the more product choices a consumer is faced with, the less products they typically buy. After all, narrowing down the best product from a pool of three choices is certainly a lot easier than narrowing down the best product from a pool of three hundred choices. If the purchasing decision is tough to make, most people will just give up.
So if youíre selling a product line, keep it simple. And if youíre trying to make a decision about something in your life, donít waste all your time evaluating every last detail of every possible option. Choose something that you think will work and give it a shot. If it doesnít work out, choose something else and keep pressing forward.
5. All people possess dimensions of success and dimensions of failure.
This point is somewhat related to point number two on happiness and success, but it stands strong on its own as well Ö
Trying to be perfect is a waste of time and energy. Perfection is an illusion.
All people, even our idols, are multidimensional. Powerful businessmen, polished musicians, bestselling authors, and even our own parents all have dimensions of success and dimensions of failure present in their lives.
Our successful dimensions usually encompass the things we spend the most time doing. We are successful in these dimensions because of our prolonged commitment to them. This is the part of our lives we want others to seeóthe successful part that holds our lifeís work. Itís the notion of putting our best foot forward. Itís the public persona we envision as our personal legacy: ďThe Successful ABCĒ or ďThe Award Winning XYZ.Ē
But behind whichever polished storyline we publically promote, there lies a multi-dimensional human being with a long list of unprofessed failures. Sometimes this person is a bad husband or wife. Sometimes this person laughs at the expense of others. And sometimes this person merely takes their eyes off the road and rear-ends the car in front of them.
6. Every mistake you make is progress.
Mistakes teach you important lessons. Every time you make one, youíre one step closer to your goal. The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because youíre too scared to make a mistake.
So donít hesitateódonít doubt yourself. In life, itís rarely about getting a chance; itís about taking a chance. Youíll never be 100 percent sure it will work, but you can always be 100 percent sure doing nothing wonít work. Most of the time you just have to go for it!
And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win. Remember, if you never act, you will never know for sure, and you will be left standing in the same spot forever.
7. People can be great at doing things they donít like to do.
Although Iím not suggesting that you choose a career or trade you dislike, Iíve heard way too many smart people say something like, ďIn order to be great at what you do, you have to like what you do.Ē This just isnít true.
A good friend of mine is a public accountant. He has told me on numerous occasions that he dislikes his jobóďthat it bores him to death.Ē But he frequently gets raises and promotions. At the age of twenty-eight, out of nearly a thousand Jr. Accountants in his division, heís one of only two who were promoted to be Sr. Accountants this past year. Why? Because even though he doesnít like doing it, heís good at what he does.
I could come up with dozens of other examples just like this, but Iíll spare you the details. Just realize that if someone dedicates enough time and attention to perfecting a skill or trade, they can be insanely good at doing something they donít like to do. For an insightful read in this department, I highly recommend The Talent Code.
Next: do you feel ready?