If you build it, they will come. What if you decide? Will they come, too?
- I’m pretty sure I just made the world a better place (and it only cost me $4).
- What am I not stepping into and why?
- “Someday” and “never” have the same numerical value in that they both equal zero … and other highlights from “Decide.”
- Decisions: The School Uniform and Releasing Trapped Energy
- The big decisions will help guide the smaller decisions
- That thing you think is going to happen might not happen.
- When you change your mind, you change your mind
- The tiny little secret of the tipping point
- When are decisions triggered in the subconscious minds of children?
- Give a Voice to Your Truth and a Truth to Your Voice
- What if you just don’t have the capacity to decide? What if you don’t have a prefrontal cortex? What if you’re, like, a teenager.
- “Wait, I take that back.” Are our decisions reversible?
- Dictatorship or democracy? Which is better for decision-making?
- In a back alley brawl, “Decide” is going to win out over “Hope.”
- Decisions Beget Decisions
- What if the “primary” decisions became the “secondary” decisions?
- Simple but not easy
- Not Simple and Not Easy
- I can’t, uh, decide! Which cover for the “Decide” book!?
- If you build it, they will come. What if you decide? Will they come, too?
- My idea of a good time
- Decision-making, belief, and behavioral biases
Decide and they will come.
“People will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”
James Earl Jones, who could pretty much say anything and I would believe it, explains how it’s all going to work:
People will come, Ray. People will most definitely come. James Earl Jones as Terence Mann (from Field of Dreams)
Math. I have to go back to math.
If my 14-year-old son ever reads this, he’ll cringe at the thought of my bringing up math yet again in my work.
Maybe if he reads a little later, like when he’s 34, he’ll understand that math can be the great explainer.
It doesn’t really exist. It’s nothing. It’s not yet something.
The quote above is from the film Field of Dreams and the main character is debating creating a baseball field in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa.
One exists. It’s a real number. It’s just one more than zero, but remember, zero doesn’t exist.
If he doesn’t build the baseball diamond, by definition, no one will come, no one will visit it because it doesn’t exist.
If he does build it at least there’s a chance people will come.
Now Terence Mann seems pretty convinced people will come. But then again, they’re talking about baseball and cornfields and Iowa.
In this book, we’re talking about your decisions, your plans, your dreams, your life.
If you decide, will they come?
In case that little math above didn’t put you on the edge of your seat just begging for more numbers, here’s the statistical probability of something happening if you do not decide:
We’re back to zero. Zero chance, zero nothing, zero nada.
If you decide, will they come?
There’s no guarantee, but now there’s a chance.
Here’s how I see it. If you decide, they will be swayed.
They will respect your decision (whether they admit it openly or not for whatever reasons).
If you stick with your decision, at some point, they have to respect that you made the decision and stuck with it.
If you succeed in making the decision and then sticking with the decision and then following through and succeeding (however success might be interpreted), in my humble opinion, people will respect that.
Am I just seeking respect?
But not from others. I care less about what they think—although I do care.
No, I’m seeking self-respect.
When I make the decision and keep it and follow through and make it happen, I have self-respect.
No one can take that from me. Ever. It’s mine and I’m not giving it up. It’s tight in my fist and no one, no one can rip it out of my fingers.