When you have so much uncertainty in your projects, relationships and dealmaking, the fear of loss or desire for perfection can be inhibiting. I find it best to create optionality. Pick the path with the most options and keeping your choices open.

This is especially true when it comes to creating opportunities. Choose projects that develop skills which can be valuable and useful for the long haul.

For example, I don’t mind taking on projects where I can grow a network to meet people that could become enjoyable friendships or deals later. The outcomes may not be clear or immediate, but the relationships, skills and access from such opportunities can unfold over time. It’s worth showing up for.

I have chosen to live in places and open up the options for adventure, friendship and personal growth.

I have embarked on projects to develop technical skills and deep work ability in areas that interest me.

Perhaps, you have a lot of choices and can’t seem to commit. Pick the ones that will provide optionality and skills you can collect. This way, you can remain open, observant and free while adding to your capabilities. You become more valuable while waiting to take action on the best opportunities.

What skills can you collect and keep your options open?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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