Will I, Won’t I?


February 12th, 2010

You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you have to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are. (Fred Rogers)

It’s taken me a while to get around to this, and as time is not on my side, it’s well overdue – my own criteria for what I want to do in the world. The inspiration comes, of course, from Patti Digh and her book Life Is A Verb.

So here’s how I’m going to choose. And if any project, activity or work meets four or more, then it’s a goer. If not, I’ll probably pass, thanks very much.

  • Can I make a real contribution? Is there a need for my skills? Will I make a difference?
  • Will it stretch me? Is it edgy? Will it contribute to my continued learning?
  • Is there an opportunity to build capacity, and transfer my skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to others?
  • Will it enable me to make money and provide for the future?
  • Is there an opportunity to travel to new or interesting places?
  • Will I be with cool people, especially friends? Will I potentially make new friends, and build existing relationships?
  • Will I have fun?
  • Am I excited by the prospect?

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