how to accomplish something in an ambiguous world

There are two basic steps to accomplishing anything: 1. Figure out the problem. 2. Solve the problem. The difficulties lie in doing just that.

The problem with the two steps is, what is my problem and how do I solve it? It would be lovely to have only clear answers to those, but it’s rare to get a single clear answer to anything. We then become stagnant because we are unsure. We face the world and feel overwhelmed; life can be similar to having to fill-in-the-blanks and not being sure if it’s a Mad Libs or a tax form. But what do we do? Even if we know we should do something, how can we know what to do?

There are few people in this world who genuinely know what they’re doing. A vast majority of us are just doing what we can. If you don’t know the problem, you ask around until you figure it out. If you’ve gathered all the information you can and it’s still unclear, take your best guess. It could be wrong, but it’s that first step, and that first step is important to take. Then you have no idea how to solve it. Look around, ask people, get all the input you can! If you’re still not sure, take your best guess. Even if it all turns out horribly, you’ll know for next time to not do that.

Life is ambiguous. There’s so many different scenarios and contexts that the “right answer” isn’t clear cut and it may not exist. However, don’t let that scare you off! Everyone is doing their best in their own way. It’s okay to be unsure. But keep going. Take those two steps and get something done! If you’re unsure, get more information until you’re more sure. If you’re still unsure, they take your best shot. We are all learning, it’s okay to make mistakes, just put yourself out there and make something! You are braver than you know.

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