Rich-Education – Chapter 1

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Hello ladies and gents this is Who is Number 5? In his debut entry to 16’scandles. I want to hit the ground running as it’s been a long time coming that I’ve been trying to contribute. That being said let me introduce you to Rich-Education. The culmination of life experiences and the proper guidelines in how to follow them. I came up with this concept while soaking in the behaviors of others and how they differ and/or compare with common knowledge, emotional reactions towards it, my perspective on the subject, the status quo’s, plus many other countless answers to the topics. I am not writing this to stroke my ego because as you read you will see in some examples that I am either guilty of it as well  and/or I am an active participant. I am writing this to make people aware of what it “IS” and what is being done on our part and what can be done to encourage, avoid, or take advantage of “IT” (whatever the topic is).

My first topic is the concept of “Decisions”. What does this have to do with me you ask? Well look at each one of your experiences in life, whether good or bad, and try and connect one with the other. Ok, the next question on your mind should be, “Hey 5?, how can I compare the birth of my child with the time I ran away from home?”. Well its simple. You compare it with the actions that led you to make those decisions. Normally everyone around you and everything that surrounds you affects how you will react and what you ultimately decide to do. In layman’s terms, you are a product of your decisions. I created an equation which sums up my perspective on why we make decisions. It goes Decisions = Opportunity x Timing/Motivation. This simple equation will explain what can affect someone’s decision in choosing one particular action over another. Opportunity is the window that allows you to make the decision. Without opportunity then you can’t very well decide to choose it, end of story. Motivation is the drive you have to pursue that action. Without motivation then pretty much the decision won’t be a pleasant one if you decide to make it. More on motivation later. Now as we get to timing we must first talk about what time does for us. Time in theory is never ending and omnipresent, which means that it does not only pertain to the future, it also includes the past. Without time then there is nothing whatsoever. Timing on a similar note is more specific. Timing is how long that window will be open for. Some of us see timing as once in a lifetime, others create their own timing. Those of us who study, work, raise their kids, struggle to make ends meet, take care of family and/or friends, etc. live a delicate balance between the two and pick decisions that would benefit themselves and others. This is where motivation plays a dominant factor. One is motivated when the decision can create a benefit towards themselves or others they care for. No one will be motivated to do something when their will be no reputable results. It is one of the sole reasons people quit their jobs, don’t perform their jobs to their full potential, and/or take advantage of their job’s resources. For example, if you have an opportunity to clock out and go home before 3pm and still get paid until 8pm, then you will look into your own benefit in doing so. Opportunity in this example is going home, timing is from the time you realize you can leave and 3pm and your motivation is whether you will benefit from doing it at that time. Its a difficult decision to make if you really love your job and/or you really need to work and can’t risk losing your job. But imagine if you hated your job, or your boss just gave you an earful about someone else’s mistake. Now your motivation is higher which makes it an easier decision.

How can I make better decisions??

Ahhh I’m glad you asked. If you’ve noticed in my last example I made the aggressor motivation. Let’s see what happens when timing is the aggressor. Since 3pm is when the decision had to be made what if it was from 3pm to 4 or 5pm. You have an extra two hours to make your decision. What can happen in those two hours? The entire world can happen. Your bosses rant could’ve solved itself or he/she could’ve apologized which eases even the most heated of arguments. Your once hated job may have gotten a little less frustrating because of a friendly coworker or customer. Simply put, the larger amount of time involved then the more time you have to think rationally. Timing divided by motivation is a simple fraction. If timing is larger than motivation then it’s safe to say that you will make a better decision. If motivation is larger than timing then you will look over the irrational and have a higher chance to make a bad situation worse.

Decisions are entirely up to the person, which is why we are all unique in similar ways. The opportunities that are presented to you have and will be offered to others. Depending on what you have gone through will determine the result.

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