We were on the road and I was happy: my Garmin GPS system had plotted the shortest route and was keeping me informed of traffic, speed limits and my speed; while listening to XM radio, Terri was using our Ipad to go online and locate a hotel for the evening; I had spoken with my office on my cell phone and the car’s computers were making sure that we were achieving the best fuel economy. Glancing at the array of gadgets, it dawned on me that I was utilizing more technology than Apollo 13 possessed to get to the moon.
I thought about how different this journey was if compared to a similar one in 1999. Guessing at the shortest distance, I would have plotted the route on a map; days before we were on the road, Terri would have phoned motels; I would have used a pay phone to check in with the office and fuel economy was what it was. I realized that technology had radically changed my decision-making processes.
When reading the newspaper, I find dire warning of what is going to take place 20 to 50 years in the future: how our planet will not be able to survive whatever disaster the writers are fearful of. The authors of such articles utilize current knowledge in their demands that policies be adopted to avert such a future calamity.
There are several ingredients necessary to making good decisions: relying upon past experiences; assessing the effect of a decision upon others; taking into account factors beyond your control and being having knowledge of the facts. In that a decision based upon existing knowledge is limited to that knowledge, the last element of the preceding equation is an important one.
Good decisions are made by looking beyond oneself and seeking knowledge that provides for an array of choices. Success in anything— business, parenting or life in general—is predicated upon making the right decisions; better decisions are made through utilizing and applying the best available choices.
Occasionally, I will hear someone comment that they don’t have the time to be around other people; to look for new products; to learn through reading or attend educational programs. By not seeking to expand his or her knowledge—thus limiting choices—I know that person, is decreasing his or her possibilities of success.
“Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.” – Joseph Addison