Decide Like an Umpire

I read a quote today about decision-making that I love:

Call it like an umpire: you’re either out or you’re safe.

As a founder, you have to make quick decisions, often using intuition. A quick decision, even if it’s wrong, is better than stopping the game.

I didn’t know that in my early days as a founder. As I gained more experience and confidence, though, the speed of my decision-making improved. As my decision-making sped up, the company’s growth did too. I learned to not worry about being right or wrong. Instead, I made a decision and focused on learning. Right or wrong, there was always something I could learn and apply to make better decisions in the future.

I still try to make decisions quickly and learn from them. Sometimes I’m right and sometimes I’m wrong, but I’m always learning!