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  • Writer's pictureStephan Mardyks

Ever Feel Like You Would Have Done Things Differently If You Had a Crystal Ball?

Updated: Nov 11, 2023

Crystal Ball Decision Making

Would You Have Done Things Differently?

Have you ever found yourself wishing for a crystal ball? A magical device that could reveal the future and guide you to make the perfect decisions? It's a tempting thought, isn't it? But is it just a lame excuse for our missteps and miscalculations? While I can't offer you a crystal ball, I can provide the next best thing: a guide to better decision-making.

Let's delve into the tale of Sophia and Simon, two neighbors whose lives offer valuable insights into the art of decision-making.

Red door or Blue door

Sophia and Simon live on the same street. They're not just neighbors; they're next-door neighbors. Professionally, they're both accomplished individuals, but their paths diverge when it comes to decision-making. Sophia was part of a successful startup that launched a new accounting software. She partnered with the right people, secured the funding she needed, and helped her company thrive. A few years later, she made the decision to sell her shares right before new technology disrupted their software. Personally, Sophia demonstrated the same knack for timely decisions. She bought her house at a great price when it was listed as a short sale and sold it just 48 hours before interest rates went up. Simon, on the other hand, is the head of a multinational business unit. Despite his high-ranking position, his division's annual revenue has stagnated due to a lack of innovation and risk-taking. On a personal level, Simon decided to downsize and put his house on the market. Unfortunately, his listing went live 48 hours after interest rates went up. His home is still for sale. So, why do some of us, like Sophia, seem to make the right decision at the right time? And why do others, like Simon, miss the mark? The answer lies not in a crystal ball but in our approach to decision-making. Sophia's success can be attributed to her ability to stay informed, assess risks, and act decisively. She didn't have a crystal ball; she had a clear understanding of her professional landscape and personal circumstances. She made decisions that were aligned with her goals and values. Simon, despite his professional success, seemed to lack this proactive approach. His business stagnated due to a lack of innovation, suggesting a failure to adapt to changing market conditions. His decision to sell his house could have been better-timed, indicating a lack of awareness of the real estate market's trends. The tale of Sophia and Simon teaches us that the power to make great decisions doesn't lie in a crystal ball. It lies within us. It's about staying informed, assessing risks, and making decisions that align with our values and goals. It's about learning from our mistakes and continuously striving to improve our decision-making skills. So, the next time you find yourself wishing for a crystal ball, remember Sophia and Simon. Remember that the power to make great decisions lies not in a magical device, but within you. Let's embrace the art of decision-making and take control of our lives.

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