Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dumb & Dumber

originally posted August 6, 2008 12:35 AM

A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Make a Dumb Decision You will Most Likely Regret the Rest of Your Life

Dumb decisions. They are very human, very common and sometimes very costly. And we all make them. But do we resign ourselves to the fact that dumb decisions are a part of life?
If you think about it, 1 dumb decision could ruin your life.

Dumb rule #1: Make Big Decisions Impulsively

I'm not necessarily talking about buying that pair of shoes while you're out shopping unless it's a pair of Jimmy Choos and it's a choice between responsibility or fashion. It could be buying that 62" flat screen TV, or perhaps it's picking up your whole life and moving to another state for someone.

So make sure you don't ask for advice and you just rush up to the plate and pull the trigger, it's always worth your while.

Dumb Rule #2: Be Sure to Exaggerate the Stakes

When explaining your reasoning for making your dumb decision make sure you up one side of the factors and neglect all the others. Oh and make sure it's dramatic while you're at it.
Use absolutes such as "always, never, and every time."

FWIW, when you use absolutes, you're absolutely wrong. Drama queen.

Dumb Rule #3: Devalue yourself

Throw every sense of your self worth out the window. Stop being strong, stop being independent. People will enjoy you a helluva lot more like this.

Look, we all make dumb decisions. I, for one, just made a HUGE one. I sit and tell myself that if I didn't do it, then I would have always "wondered." That alone, most likely, would have eaten me up inside. In my justification, I wouldn't have met some of the world's greatest people, and it definitely wouldn't have let me see some people for who they really are. I also wouldn't have almost died in the river, but that's a different story for a different day.

We're going to make many more mistakes, but that doesn't mean you lose your self worth. You chalk it up to experience. You continue to be fearless and strong. If anyone wants to question you, you just let them know that YOU were in control, and you knew what you were doing the whole time. No one will ever know the wiser. ;) Oh and "never regret anything because at one point it was exactly what you wanted."

Are you done being dumb yet?


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