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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

>Decision Making Ala Ben Franklin


Yes, I know Mr. Franklin was a deist and not a follower of Christ, but wisdom is wisdom regardless of from where it comes.

Here’s his methodology of choosing:

“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or against the measure. When I have thus got them altogether in one view, I endeavor to estimate their respective weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out. If I judge some two reasons con equal to some three reasons pro, I strike out five; and thus proceeding, I find where the balance lies; and if after a day or two of further consideration, nothing new that is of importance occurs on either side, I come to a determination accordingly.” –Benjamin Franklin

Didn’t know I was copying Ben, but I’ve kinda done that in the process of decisions. Another way that I heard, but don’t remember from who, is to ask, when about to embark on a made decision:

A. What’s the best that can happen?

B. What’s the worst that can happen?

C. Can I live with “B”?

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