We have all heard the saying, “what’s the worst that could happen?” I grew up hearing this and thought of it as a mainstay of how to look at the opportunities and challenges that lay before me. However, a wise man challenged me to look at things differently.
I grew up in a small, sleepy town in upstate New York. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great place to grow up and I wouldn’t change anything about that, however, I knew I wanted more. When it was time to go to college I decided I was going to try something different, after all, “what’s the worst that could happen?”
I did a lot of research, studied up on colleges I thought would be a good fit, planned on how I would get there, support myself and put me in the best position to succeed at college and after as well. The only thing was that I chose the University of Arizona, which is across the country.
I sat my Dad down to let him know about my decision and filled him in on all the details and at the end of the conversation I said, “Well, what’s the worst that could happen?” He replied back to me, “it seems like you’ve done all the right research and have prepared and have the passion to take on this challenge so far away from home, family and friends.” And then he asked me a question I will never forget. “So why are you looking at this stage in your life as what’s the worst that could happen but actually what’s the best that could happen?”
With that one statement my Father, who had never left that small upstate town changed the way I look at everything. I have had success and failures like everyone else, but I prefer to think in the “best.”
So I ask you, are you thinking of your choices as the best or worse that could happen? Either way, you decide how you look at it. Want to learn more about the important choices we make as leaders?
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