The only way to make tough decisions

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By Karan Bajaj

Here are three tough decisions I made:

1. In 2008, I started working for a management consulting firm and didn’t like being a data monkey at all. I wanted to quit immediately but worried how it would look on my resume. So I stayed on for another eighteen months.

2. I was in a relationship that was mutually un-beneficial but didn’t leave for many years because I was worried what people would think.

3. In 2013, I was at the peak of my career when I left to travel from Europe to India by road and learn yoga and meditation in the Himalayas because Kerry and I wanted to grow, deepen ourselves, and become more silent.

Guess how the first two decisions turned out? I was miserable, my world shrunk to think only about my problems, and a part of me went dead. And eventually, I did what I had to do anyway. I don’t think I strengthened my resume and made people think any higher of me (in the 2 minutes they spend thinking about me) by not having my full heart in something.

And the third? My life expanded, my heart grew, and new opportunities came my way. Even the career I thought I had “left” accelerated after I returned because I’d grown tremendously.

There are only two decisions: decisions of growth and decisions of fear/worry/what people will think/what resumes will say/all the bad things you can conjure up.

Choose growth each time. The pennies you lose will come back, the bridges you burn will light the way for a greater path.

Easy Choices, Hard Life. Hard Choices, Easy Life.

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