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Given below are a few quotations on decision making. In groups of four, discuss whether you agree or disagree with the ideas. Give reasons.

a) The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision. Maimonides

b) No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. Isaac Asimov

c) Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all. Brian Tracy

Answer :

a) I agree with the saying that “The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision”. This holds true in our daily life. Everyday we have to make a lot of decisions. Let's take an example: When the alarm bell rings in the morning, you decide whether to snooze it and go back to bed or wake up and start the day. To make a decision, we always have two choices : do it or don't do it; yes or no. You can choose between the two options and get the job done, even if the outcome of your choice is bad, there is always a next time and when things go bad, you learn something. But if you are confused and cannot make a decision, you'll not be at peace, you'll be thinking about it at all times. The more you think, the more confused you become. At least you can face the consequences when you decide which is better being indecisive. Therefore, it is better to make a wrong decision than being in terror of indecision.

b) I disagree with the statement given above. I don't think so that all sensible decisions need to take into account what will happen into future. The best way to live is to live in the present, not living in the past or future therefore whenever we make a decision, we always think about the immediate outcome and not what will be the effect of that decision years later. Most decisions only have short and immediate results. Yes but those few decisions which can have a long lasting effect such as degradation of environment should be taken by considering the future impacts.


c) This holds true in our daily life. Everyday we have to make a lot of decisions. Let's take an example: When the alarm bell rings in the morning, you decide whether to snooze it and go back to bed or wake up and start the day. To make a decision, we always have two choices : do it or don't do it; yes or no. You can choose between the two options and get the job done, even if the outcome of your choice is bad, there is always a next time and when things go bad, you learn something. But if you are confused and cannot make a decision, you'll not be at peace, you'll be thinking about it at all times. The more you think, the more confused you become. At least you can face the consequences when you decide which is better being indecisive. Therefore, it is better to make a wrong decision than being in terror of indecision.


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