I am a very goal-oriented person, which has definitely helped me as an entrepreneur and small business owner. This particular trait has also helped me as a parent, spouse and member of the community.
From an early age I have evaluated important decisions in life from the perspective of being eighty years old. “When I am eighty,” I ask myself, “how will I look back on this situation? Will I be happy with my decision? Will I have serious regrets?”
Why eighty? Probably because, as a child, I did not know anyone who had lived that long! Today, I know that neither of my parents reached eighty – so it still works for me. If I need to use a higher age one day, I will be fortunate indeed.
Using this question as one facet of decision-making has served me well. By pretending that I am looking back on my decision from the future, I have gotten perspective:
What decisions are you pondering right now?
How will you make them?
Until we meet again –
The Entrepreneur’s Friend
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