I’ve been a huge fan of Seth Godin’s blog and books and talks and ideas for several years now. Every day he puts out at least one idea, no matter how seemingly insignificant or profound. He ships something every day. Of all the great posts I’ve read, this one although brief is one of my favorites:
What do you make?
You don’t run a punch press or haul iron ore. Your job is to make decisions.
The thing is, the farmer who grows corn has no illusions about what his job is. He doesn’t avoid planting corn or dissemble or procrastinate about harvesting corn. And he certainly doesn’t try to get his neighbor to grow his corn for him.
Make more decisions. That’s the only way to get better at it.
I think this not only applies to our careers ( you might not think you’re paid to make decisions in your job but in many ways you are, just maybe not the decisions you wish you were making), but our general attitude and trajectory in life. You make decisions about how you spend your time, who you spend it with, what you’re working on, how you will take care of your health, where you’ll visit, and how you’ll react to others. They’re all decisions. Not easy ones, but decisions nonetheless. Talk about a resolution for 2013…..