How I Made a Bold Decision

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Making a career decision is not easy especially when you’ve been unemployed for over 6 months.

I left my previous job on May the fourth. I started looking for a job in August. After applying for a number of jobs I got an interview with an organization, a great organization with a good reputation in the community — working to build and maintain relationship between United States and its country.

It was a panel interview with five people. I did great.

On the way home I couldn’t help but thinking about the position. I felt hesitant. I was not sure that it is something I would want.

A week later, I received an email from human resource personnel offering me a job. The next day, I responded back rejecting the offer. I didn’t even ask about the salary because I was afraid it will may make me hesitate to reject this job. So I boldly rejected it. And it was the right thing to do — not asking how much they pay made my decision making a lot easier.

I always believe that it is important to know all the factors before making a decision. But in this case, knowing less is better.

Have you ever got stuck in a decision making and ended up making a very bad one?

Imagine yourself a candy store, 40-square-foot space full candies, 140 types of them.

You open the door, then smell this wonderful sweet flavors, chocolate, caramel, watermelon, strawberry, cinnamon, and many more . You are allowed to choose a candy, 1 flavor only and you have 2 minutes to make that decision.

What you do is to check candies that are near to the entrance and taste as many as you can. The first one you try tastes alright, the second one tastes pretty good but you think there must more candies out there that taste even better. So you keep going and try the third, fourth, and twenty more.

When the countdown clock hits 1 minutes and 30 seconds you are at the 24th candy, it tastes terrible, a cinnamon with red chili pepper. You know for sure that you don’t want this but you don’t have time to keep going and try any more candies.

You want to go back to take one of the good candies that you’ve tried, but you forgot which one among them is the best. So you randomly pick one, a number 11th. You don’t even remember this candy or how it tastes like, you pick it because its color is marble gold.

Number 11th, minty caramel candy with sparky lemon zest. And yes, you are not a big fan of caramel and you hate lemon zest.

Options and knowing more are not always helpful in making decision. Human is greedy and we can easily get lost in the sea of endless options. That’s why for some occasions knowing less is better.