What if you make the leap…and fail?
July 19th, 2013 - 34 Comments
How many of us have faced a decision…and we didn’t know how to decide?
I’ll take you back to one that changed my life. In college, I was deciding between taking a job at Google — a well-paid job that would have put me into an “elite” job category — or starting my own company.
How do you decide what to do?
Do you look at the salary you’d make and decide? (Easy to say no, “go for your dreams!” but what if Option 1 pays you an extra $50,000 over Option 2?)
Do you think about what your parents will say?
What other criteria can you use to make a big decision?
One thing we’ve ALL encountered is advice from others. Oh man, everyone loves to give advice. And most of it is bad! Ramit, take the job…you should be lucky Google wants you! Ramit, definitely start your own company…you can always go back to Google!
How do you decide amidst all these conflicting pieces of advice?
What if you make the wrong decision?
Before I tell you what I did, take a moment to ask yourself: What would you do?
How many of us are in this situation right now — faced with a decision and we don’t know how to decide? Maybe it’s about ending a relationship…or leaving a job…or even where to live.
I got a question from IWT reader JB, who asked: “What if I take the leap out of the high-paying, big-firm job and don’t succeed? What if I make a mistake?”
Here’s my response in another edition of ASK RAMIT:
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