Two Important Questions

September 06, 2012

I wrote this last March and it's been sitting on the draft list. Yes I have more posts in my draft list than I have in the published list.


We just had a long weekend and instead of being refreshed, I am now even more restless than ever. I couldn't have a good sleep, I couldn't even eat properly. There are two big decisions I need to make within this week so I've been analyzing the whole situation, thinking about what matters the most. About the past, the present, the future.

There are a lot of factors that need to be considered. Especially since this is a business decision, and I'm not the only one who make the call. Plus, there are many people involved that will be impacted by the decision. I know it would be wise to think long term or to play it safe, you know so our heart won't skip a beat and we can always be comfortable.

But the thing is, even though I was a business student, I have been driven by heart and guts most of the time instead of numbers and facts. I just don't see the fun when everything is too meticulously calculated in the spreadsheet to predict the future. Projection is of course needed. But I don't want it to dominate how a decision is made because after all, it's only a projection. No one knows what the future holds. It's for us to decide.

And sometimes, you just have to take the risk you know. I don't want to be restricted by some data that I know can still be amplified many of times. If you believe it's gonna work and it's within your plan and can be justified by simple logic, you'll find a way to make it work.

So instead of focusing on the numbers, I wandered around these two questions:

What would I do if money is not a problem?

What would I do if I wasn't afraid?

Sheryl Sandberg said question number 2 is the ultimate question she and the people at Facebook, a company that's driven by instinct, often asked themselves.

Why are those two questions important? Simply because those make you set aside all the factors that contribute into your decision making process like worry, fear, money, resources and give room to the important things; what you want the most, what your heart is telling you and what you believe in.

So from now on, that would be the ultimate question I ask when I'm stuck in between several options.

And don't forget that there lies an opportunity cost in every choices we have to make. See which option will bring us to our maximum potential.


Anyway, so the decision was made and we got to keep the dream alive. Thank you for keeping the faith :)

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