The One Sure Way to End Up As a Failure

I have goals and dreams in different areas of my life. I have to consider all of the different possibilities before I take action. It can be challenging to know what the best choice is. You probably have a multitude of finish lines that you can pursue also. I can guarantee that if you don’t commit to a course of action, you will end up as a failure in that area.

I don’t want to commit to anything because I want to keep my options open. I have lots of arguments about why I won’t go all-in:

  1. What if I don’t like it after a while?
  2. What if the technology changes?
  3. What if what I am trying to do becomes automated or redundant in some other way?
  4. What if I’m not very good at it and people laugh at me?
  5. What if I pursue something with all of my heart and then I fail anyway?

These all seem like legitimate questions. But they aren’t.

  1. If I don’t like parts of my path, I can always grow or avoid those parts.
  2. Technology will always change, why is this even in an excuse list?
  3. If I become redundant, then I’ll move in a different direction. I will do the same thing if my current path becomes redundant – I’ll figure it out.
  4. People don’t have the spotlight on me. They have their own problems and concerns.
  5. Maybe I will charge after something with all of my energy and fail anyway. But more likely I’ll figure it out, I’ll ask my friends to help me, I’ll talk to people who are way smarter than me, and slowly we’ll move the needle together.

How do I know that commitment leads to success? I can look at marriage, kids, education, exercise, friends, religion, and skills/ hobbies. The prosperous areas of my life require commitment.

As I put together my 2034 plan, I stand on the precipice of commitment. All the same fears that swirl around any other commitment threaten to frighten me back from the edge. But as I look forward there is one sure way to end up as a failure: don’t commit to anything.