Good Wrong Answers

by Mike Sententia on November 15, 2015

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Worthwhile work is rarely about being right.

Being right implies there’s one answer. That happens in school, where your job is to find the teacher’s answer. But it rarely happens in life.

A good answer? Happens all the time.

I’m starting Healing Lab, and as I consider business models, legal protections, and whether to focus on selling healing sessions or publishing research, I keep reminding myself: There is no right answer. There are many good answers. And often, the space between best and second-best is minuscule.

Avoid wrong answers. Avoid over-optimized answers that succeed brilliantly if you’re lucky and fail if you’re not (and try to find gratitude for lawyers who point out those failures). Avoid catastrophe. And then get moving.

Decision paralysis is an answer too. Rarely a good one.

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