If you chase certainty, you’ll certainly never be right. Nothing is certain. There’s only high probability.
Still, some people seem to get it right. They’re lucky, fortunate to have found a pathway that satisfies them. Luck is a combination of preparadeness and carpe diem.
You get lucky only when you make decisions and try a lot. Unfortunately, rightness and wrongness in decision-making comes after the fact. You either selected the right path and can breathe a sigh of relief or are enduring hell because you went the wrong way.
The irony of the bad decision-making is that at least you cured indecision by going in a direction. Now you know with more certainty about the things you want in your future. At least you tried and gained some knowledge out of the experience. Life is clearer.
If you’re uncertain, you’ll almost certainly be right. Uncertain people are risk-averse, and also the unhappiest people. The happiest people make decisions and are willing to be right or wrong. Either way, they get luck or learn a valuable lesson.
Life is an experiment, most of which fail. But the best part about is that you can keep going, get back up again and try something else.
Wise words from Jeff Atwood, Coding Horror.