Jeff Bezos is apparently known for doing stuff that he’d later regret not doing.
If you can project yourself out to age 80 and sort of think, ‘What will I think at that time?’ it gets you away from some of the daily pieces of confusionJeff Bezos
So here’s what you do. When you’re faced with a tough decision, picture yourself in the future looking back on it. Whichever one you’d regret not choosing, that’s the one you should choose.
I know, this must be the most self evident mental model in existence, but it’s a thing. And despite my initial “Are you kidding me? That’s it?” response, it’s been growing on me. The “daily pieces of confusion” can be brutal, and all self-help boils down to “choose long-term over short-term.”
It also pairs well with knowing your core values. My values are growth and joy, and I probably won’t regret any choices that increase either of those two things in my life.
So what’s a big decision you’re up against? Which choice would 80-year-old you regret making?
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