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The rocking chair question.

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Steven Ryan, 22nd Jun, 2015.

  1. Steven Ryan

    Steven Ryan Mortgage Broker Business Plus Member

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    I love this one. It's simple, but immensely powerful.

    Ever find yourself at a crossroads, where you must make a choice? Fear, uncertainty, discomfort all rearing their heads? Not sure what to do, which path to take?

    Well...

    Dust off your imagination and fast forward until you're 90 years old. You are in your rocking chair and you look back over your life, the good times and the bad, the choices you have made and the paths you have walked. You think back to this day..

    Which decision do you regret making? Which path do you wish you didn't take?

    And there's your answer...

    I've learned that people tend to regret things they DON'T do, over things they DO (even when things don't work out as planned).
     
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  2. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    Most definitely.
     
  3. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    I like someones tagline which went something like this (sorry as its slightly misquoted and I don't remember who owned it):
    "If you're not sure what to do, toss a coin. Because while the coin is in the air you suddenly realize the outcome you were looking for"
     
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  4. Bayview

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    We (wife and I) have done most things that we were scared of taking the plunge to do...

    Left great jobs to run a B&B/Golf resort,
    Moved O/S for 3 years,
    Bought IP's
    Bought workshop business.

    Some of them have been regrets, but we won't die wondering -

    B&B was a dud.
    Workshop is a dud. But selling our house will free us from the chains it has created..

    Have agonised over it for more than a year. That will be a huge regret, but has to be done.
     
  5. Kinnon Bell

    Kinnon Bell Finance Broker

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    On a similar note I remember seeing a quote once (might have been a sig of a SS member) along the lines of "When faced with 2 choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you're hoping for".
     
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  6. Mumbai

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    This leads to my favourite Henry Ford quote
    “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
     
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    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    Bayview, so sorry that the house has to be sold. That was making things worth while for you.
     
  8. sanj

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    congrats on making the tough choice marc, as well as having the balls to give lots of things a go. many people struggle with that.

    my folks had to sell their place a few years ago too and rent due to unforseen circumstances, it isnt an easy decision to make.

    hope the house sells for a high price!
     
  9. sash

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    Be free my son. ....it will give you the opportunity to jump onto the outer Melbourne market..

     
  10. Bayview

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    Thanks Sanj and Sash for the kind words.
    It will be a one step back, two forward move.
     
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    sash Well-Known Member

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    Well...for what is worth I think you made the right decision albeit a VERY difficult decision. You have had a tough few years..I am sure you will find the weight lift once your house sells. Also downsizing to a small place with no mortgage will probably make you feel like you are on top of the work again...if you can capitalise on the opportunities on Melbourne and Brisbane...you will right back where you where a couple of years ago.

    Experience is the best teacher...:D

     
  12. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Along very similar lines, someone once asked me to consider reading my own biography in 50 years time. Ponder whether small insignificant road humps currently being faced would even get a mention in it.
    Ponder whether it'd applaud steps you were courageous enough to take or whether the story would be boring.
     
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  14. Harro

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    The only regrets we should have is when we don't learn from our mistakes.
     
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    Bayview, good move, clears the deck and allows you to move forward.:)
     
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    When it comes to the time when you get to the stage where there is nothing else you can do then,it may the best for you,i see complete mech workshops from the lifts down too the sidcrome spanners and spare parts each week at the auctions,all their lifes work is layed out on the floor..good luck..