Never Let Fear Stop You From Making a Decision. Lessons from Buridan’s Ass

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A donkey stands between a pile of hay and a bucket of water. The donkey cannot choose between the hay or the water. After some time, the donkey falls over and dies from hunger and thirst.

This famous story of Buridan’s Ass is a metaphor for indecision and inaction. Decisions and actions always have consequences. It’s impossible to anticipate every possible outcome for the choices we make and the actions we take.  The most successful people in life cast aside their fears and choose a corse of action even when they do not possess all of the facts, knowledge and skills they believe they need in order to produce a perfect outcome.

We can only grow as individuals by taking action. The mistakes and consequences become learning experiences. Those who take action grow. Those who grow, gain knowledge and experience. Those with the most knowledge and experience realize the greatest success in life.

Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”

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