I know… I said I would write every single week and I haven’t posted anything for the past two weeks. I know you probably didn’t even notice, but it’s been some kind of torture for me not to publish. So why didn’t I do it? Analysis paralysis ! Scary words… This is not a disease, but sometimes it feels like it. According to Wikipedia, analysis paralysis is the state of over-analyzing a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. Complicated words to say… I got stuck and it was all my fault!
I launched this blog last November as a challenge. I didn’t even know I wanted to start a blog. It was fun, and then it started becoming a thing. A big thing. A really big thing! I decided I wanted it to be my new thing, my new project. I just graduated (again!) so I thought… why not turn this blog into a business? I started searching the internet for answers: What should I do about this blog? How can I make some money out of it? Who am I trying to talk to? What do I want to say? How does Twitter work anyway? I was overwhelmed, it scared me and I just didn’t know what I could write about. What would be interesting for you? What would be interesting for me? Blank
The paradox of choice
Faced with a choice to make, either about your job, a project you want to launch or your life in general, you might get trapped into analysis paralysis too. You can drown in information, read more and more stuff, listen to this guy saying you should do it this way, this girl saying the exact opposite. Think again and again about what you should do. Somehow you hope that if you search long enough a solution will magically appear to solve your problem, or that if you have this more info, then you’ll be ready and maybe won’t feel so scared anymore. WRONG ! This is the best way to get stuck.
As Barry Schwartz explained in his fascinating TED talk, having too many choices is paralyzing and can even make us less happy and leave us insatisfied. There is one key idea here. We get stuck into analysis paralysis because we are scared to make the wrong choice. But there is no right choice, only possibilities. There are many things you can do and the truth of the matter is, most of the time, you already know what you want to do… the answer is inside you, not outside.
Mine came unexpectedly from outside, but I knew it all along. My brother (Thank you!) wrote me a letter in which he said he used to be worried about my professional indecision until he understood that it was an insatiable curiosity that led me to explore and that was admirable. These really simple, yet so beautiful words made me realize how much this is true, but also that this is the message I want to convey through this blog.
So yes I’m curious. And this curiosity made me explore many career options. Curiosity is a strength not a flaw. Curiosity did not kill the F* cat. So from now on I’m going to embrace it and strengthen it, and I hope through this blog to help you do it too. So I have no idea what I’m doing exactly, but it makes me feel great. And according to Todd Kashdan (great TEDx talk here), curiosity is the secret to a fulfilling life so why not try it?
So are you curious?