no right decisions


“Recently I was exposed to a brilliant idea: there are no right decisions.

There’s no right call, and there never has been. ...

We do make choices, and they do have consequences. But the idea that there’s a “correct” one is only ever a story we tell ourselves. ...

This might seem like a semantic distinction. Okay, there’s no “right” choice, but obviously there are still better and worse ones.

But it matters. There’s a big difference between trying to make wise, well-informed choices, and trying to make the right choices. ...

Giving up on the idea of right decisions doesn’t mean giving up on using our best judgment. But it’s a tremendous relief to recognize that getting it right, in any meaningful sense, is an impossible goal.

Here’s how I think it really works: You’ll make a million decisions, and each will shape your life and other people’s lives in ways you’ll barely know. You will have surprising successes and surprising failures. You’ll give yourself too much credit for both. Then you’ll die.”

// David Cain, Raptitude //