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In order to be truly successful in life, you have to be bold, right? You have to take chances, makes mistakes, and learn from experience.
I tend to lean toward the cautious end of the spectrum. I've always carefully researched my decisions, planned the way they'd be carried out, and agonized over exactly how they should come together until they're done. My husband's company, on the other hand, jumps in before they have their heads together. They are very successful because they're so foolhardy--cleaning up the messes afterward.
As I've observed the differences, I decided it's best to go down the middle--plan, but jump as well. Yes, wrap that bungee cord around your ankle and dive!
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What about you? Do you jump in, or do you spend forever testing the water's temperature?
I definitely tend to be like you and be cautious. But I agree that the middle ground is probably the best. Awesome you'll be doing a newsletter.ReplyDelete
You're another timid Sue, eh? I never would have guessed Mrs. Super Giveaway hostess!Delete
I'm definitely more cautious but if it's something i really want or really want to do, I'll take a risk - a carefully considered risk, but a risk nonetheless. :)ReplyDelete
Carefully considered risk... Love it!Delete
I've yet to fire up a newsletter. I'd love to read a post about how to go about it. *hint* ;) I'd say I tend to wade in the middle of foolish recklessness and the straight and narrow.ReplyDelete
Goodness, I guess I could do that. Nothing like special requests. =)Delete
I guess it depends on what it is. I am a bit of both, I suppose.ReplyDelete
I have a friend who is wanting to know how to go about publishing a book. Can I put her in contact with you?
Absolutely. My goodness, there's so much... =)Delete
I'm a temperature-tester myself... I never do anything spontaneously! Too cautious/paranoid and I tend to second-guess my decisions.ReplyDelete
You need someone to push you over the brink, eh? Here, let me loan you a bungee cord. ;)Delete
I signed up! I used to be extra cautious, but I'm less so as I age. I've become more conscious of the ticking clock and realize life is too short and getting shorter all the time - so now, I mostly dive :)ReplyDelete
Yay, Gwen! I'm right there with you. The older I guess, the less my of perfectionist self I hold onto.Delete
I tend to be too cautious, or maybe it's more accurate to say I am a big chicken. :DReplyDelete
All signed up for the newsletter. Congrats on getting it started!
Hey, I'm a big chicken too! Yay for chickens--chickens who eat cheese. =)Delete
You had me at cheese! :PReplyDelete
I'm extra cautious... well I was. I'm trying to train myself to combine some jumping in there, otherwise I would accomplish nothing of my dreams. Great step, Crystal! Good luck and congratulations. I'm all signed up ;)
Yay! It's true. My hubby is always asking why I don't just leap. He's the perfect balancing act.Delete
I tend to split the difference -- jumping in as soon as I've tested the waters.ReplyDelete
Excellent way to go.Delete
Okay, I've signed up!ReplyDelete
I'm not sure...I don't normally make decisions, ever. I'm an avoider. If I do make a decision, I just do it. I can't think about it, because then I'll talk myself out of it.
Yay! Glad to have you along.Delete
LOL. Avoider, eh? My husband sometimes accuses me of being a politician when asking for a direct answer.
I am a totally JUMP IN type of guy...ReplyDelete
Congrats on the newsletter! Signing up!
And you are awesome at it--the jumping in thing.Delete
Interestingly, science has shown that it's the more cautious that survive longer and better and have been the anchor to society over the centuries. Those that jump in get short term gains and help the more cautious figure out which ways are safe, but, eventually, looking without leaping leads to... well, no water in the pool.ReplyDelete
Yup. I watch what works for everyone else before taking the dive--especially with electronics. Nobody wants a buggy system.Delete
I do a little of both actually. The trick is knowing when to choose which. ;)ReplyDelete
So true. Can you work me up a little meter that indicates the best timing? ;DDelete
I tend to take in info and plan accordingly but I don't agonize. Usually once I'm clear on things I jump right in.ReplyDelete
Congrats on setting up a newsletter. I've toyed with the idea and offering swag from various authors authors and such and I do have quite a few that signed up to get the blog via email already. But, the newsletter is something I need to think about a little more--you know, in my spare (lmao) time.
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Spare time. Hold on, let me shake some out of my coin purse. ;) That's a great way of doing things, methinks.Delete
I like to develop a workable but flexible plan. Then I jump in and make adjustments as I go along.ReplyDelete
You will never be "ready." So do the best you can do and that's all you can do. Jump in knowing you will have to fix things as you go along.
As long as it's not your bungee cord you have to fix. *gulp*Delete
I am normally a "jump in" type of person - especially with love. I believe in taking chances following my heart. With practical matters though, I am more cautious :)ReplyDelete
I think that's a great way to be.Delete
I tend to be more cautious too, but then once in a while, I step out and do something bold. Congrats on the newsletter!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Christine. My choir teacher always said if you were going to make a mistake, let it be a bold one. =)Delete
I'm cautious. It would be great to be more adventuresome, maybe some day.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to the newsletter.
Jai, hey, no time like the present, eh? ;)Delete
It depends on the situation but if I feel suspicious I go on the side of caution.ReplyDelete
Oh for true--like with a purchase when the sales tactic is shady? Yeah. Totally.Delete
Yes, I'm cautious in the extreme. I'll ponder a step forever before taking it. It's something I'm working on.ReplyDelete
Ah, you need to borrow a pusher, eh?Delete
I'm STILL testing the water on some stuff. I know being bold can push you places. But It's just not who I am.ReplyDelete
Hey, it takes all kinds. =)Delete
dang girl....you are just FULL of bright ideas!ReplyDelete
Uh... Thanks? Hey, here's another one: everyone should donate a wedge of cheese to my "birthday" fund. Yup. I think that's a great idea!Delete
I do the bungy cord thing. Always jumping, but always knowing it won't kill me. Most of the time, anyway. :-PReplyDelete
Always, most of the time. ;) You rock, Misha!Delete
I'm often a risk-taker. I've been called counterphobic, which means jumping in and doing stuff you're really afraid to do. It's been a good, and sometimes scary thing. Just signed up to your newsletter!ReplyDelete
I'm with you there--except usually I'm shoved face first into whatever it is I dread. Even playing accompanying myself on the piano while singing in public. *shudders* And we shall never speak of it again.Delete
What a good idea! Most often I jump in too fast, but writing has really slowed me down, which is a good thing :)ReplyDelete
Too fast or too slow, no extreme is a good idea, eh?Delete
I leap! I need to look more carefully! NOT! Have a good one!ReplyDelete
I jump right in.... find the water frickin' freezing, and hop back out, hoping it warms up to my liking.ReplyDelete
I'm not fond of that habit!
I just go for it and see what happens. If I make a mistake along the way then so be it. After all, I am not defined by my mistakes, what I learn from them defines me.
I tend to be on the more cautious side, too. It's so hard to just leap in a lot of the time!ReplyDelete
I'm cautious, but I'm trying to be as bold as I was when I was younger.ReplyDelete
Crystal, I'm soooo excited for you! The cover is awesome.ReplyDelete
I test the waters FOREVER! I'm a slow decision maker :)