I’m sure most of us are familiar with Frost’s famous poem, The Road Not Taken. I was reminded of the last two lines this morning by an article in Inc. on Jeff Bezos. It makes the point that most often in life we don’t regret the things we do. Rather, we regret the things we didn’t do.

When considering a major life decision, those of us who like numbers, can “quant” it to many decimal places.

But Bezos says that those life decisions are times when we should listen to our heart, perhaps more than to the logical reasons not to do something, though I think a bit of quant is good. The article suggests we should look for the greater meaning in those decisions such as “creating a better future for your family, wanting to make a difference, or hoping for a more rewarding and fulfilling life.”

Though we may not succeed all the time, we will be less likely to have the regret of not having tried at all.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Haden, J. (2018, Jan 8). Jeff Bezos: Ask Yourself 1 Question to Make Truly Important Decisions (and Avoid Lifelong Regrets). Retrieved from Inc.: https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/jeff-bezos-ask-yourself-1-question-to-make-truly-important-decisions-and-avoid-lifelong-regrets.html


2 Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I encountered this just at a moment when I’m facing decisions of this nature and this really resonated with me.

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