What radical decisions have turned out well for you?
What choices have you made that looked risky but paid off over the years, even if you would not recommend similar to others or do it again yourself?
Also, what "safe" choices weren't so great?
Oh, this is another nice one. I've made a ton of on the spot, radical, in some cases probably ill advised, decisions. Have they turned out well? It's hard to say, since there's no way to tell what would have happened if I'd chosen the other path.
My most recent big one was made when I retired. I sold my house, packed up everything I owned, and moved to a different place that I hadn't been to since I was 8 or 9 years old. I knew no one here. No relatives. No friends. Nothing.
It's been pretty good. I don't regret it at all. I have a nice house, a beautiful yard, and seasons. I really love Spring...and Autumn too. I have friends here.
I do miss some of the intellectual challenges I had in SoCal. It was a rich environment, and there were things to do that I miss doing (such as the LA Museum of Art, and Griffith Park), but I don't miss the traffic, or the crowds. I miss shopping, but it's a good thing to miss.read more collapse
I've stood by the right thing at work, more than once, and it may have held me back. On the other hand, I had respect because of it, and it may have helped me in the long term. Who can say?
I've lived my life (for the most part) by one of my favorite quotes from Shakespeare's Hamlet:
Polonius (to his son, Laertes):
"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
My daddy used to say that he wanted to be able to look himself in the eye, in the mirror every morning, when he shaved. I'm relieved not to have to shave, but I still follow that precept too. I've done a few things I'm not proud of, but the only thing to do after that is to try and fix it, and move on.read more collapse
Hey, this is my schtick! ;)
I've discovered that a lot of my "safe" choices over the years are considered radical by much of society today. Got married, then had kids (I have kids I mentor that ask me about my girlfriend and don't understand why I'm married.) Don't have any credit cards. Don't buy new cars. Limit what my children watch and listen to.
There's a bunch of other things that a very different segment of society would consider radical: I'm not afraid of people that others are afraid of and I'm not afraid to go into places that are considered dangerous. This doesn't mean I don't think that prudence should be thrown out of the window, I just don't live in fear of those things. I often stand up for what is right and good, even if it means I'm hurt. Two years ago I stood up for what was right where I worked and almost lost my job and would have lost my house, but my wife and I were okay with that. I could go on, but the character limit is taunting me.read more collapse
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