Trust Your Gut

Kyoto, 2016
Kyoto, 2016

“Consult your conscience; rather than popular opinion.” – Pubilius Syrus

We generally give credence to our brains, and our “rationality” more than our gut, intuition, and feelings.

I honestly feel that our gut is more intelligent than our brain.

Whenever I have betrayed my gut feeling, I have always regretted it.

Regret minimization framework

One of the best ways to live life is to minimize the amount of regret you have in life. I got this principle from Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) who said he lives his life as if he were 90 years old, on his deathbed, and wondering what he would regret not doing.

I know personally, there have been times I’ve followed my own gut. Other times when I listened to the advice of others.

More often than not, my gut is more right than the opinion of others. Sometimes my gut is wrong, but I often have less regret following my gut (and having a negative outcome), rather than betraying my gut (and having a positive outcome).

Nobody knows the answers

Nobody knows what the “right” or “wrong” thing to do — until they’ve actually done it.

You don’t know the right answers, nor does anybody else. But if you live a life true to yourself — you will be more likely to innovate, to take more risks, and to have a more favorable outcome.

Experiment

As an experiment, only follow your gut for a month. Follow your gut when it comes to shooting photos, choosing your best photos, or when it comes to any life decisions.

Follow your heart, intuition, and don’t betray yourself. Stay true to yourself — and see whether you will prosper.

Always,
Eric

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