When deciding whether to leave his secure Wall Street job in order to take a risk on starting Amazon, Jeff Bezos used what he calls “regret minimization framework.” He imagined himself as an 80-year-old reflecting on his life and the choices he’d made. He knew that the old man would regret not taking a leap and seizing the opportunity “to participate in this thing called the internet,” so the choice became suddenly clear.
What would you like to do now in order to avoid feeling regret in later years, or what choices have you already made that you imagine you may regret? For those of you with few regrets, what choices did you make that were the right ones?
My mom’s Zodiac animal is Pig, so I like pigs. She loves them. Whenever I see a pig thingamajig, I always stop and eye it as a possible gift.
Mom is my free art director. She gives a solid thumbs-down to nearly everything I draw, which I find kind of hilarious and occasionally painful. Her feedback is usually a raised eyebrow-frown (sometimes combined with her walking away) or just an “UGGH.” To an extent, I trust her eye since she was an architect and is pretty good at looking for - and distilling something down to - the basics.
I was afraid she’d disapprove of this drawing, but she actually said, “Cute.”
Relief (pig bias works in my favor)!
Happy October, everyone!
It’s spider season in our neighborhood. This means that even the quickest trip outside (to take out trash, recycling, compost, laundry) results in running into two or three spiderwebs with my face. Going for a walk equals ten more encounters (recently, a strand broke across my eyeballs, and another time, a partial web went into my mouth).
My husband politely asked me if I could suggest a pleasant door sign.
“My boss said that my door’s the only one in our department that’s closed, so I’d like people to know that they’re welcome to knock and come in, even if the door’s closed.”
“I’ll try to think of some signs for you,” I said.
I printed these out for him.
They say that asking better questions leads to better answers and subsequently, better results.
Sometimes when I miss a deadline, I ask myself, “Why am I so bad with discipline?” I might answer with, “Because I overanalyze everything and then everything takes too long,” or “I don’t really like doing the difficult work, so I do the easy work first,” etc. And I continue with the same habits.
Recently I’ve been listening to business podcasts and books that are helping me to think more constructively. One suggestion that comes up often is this: Decide what you want, set a goal and timeline, specify what needs to happen within that timeline, and then break it down into smaller pieces (I know it’s super obvious, but sometimes I get into the “can’t see the forest for the trees” mode).