This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #136 with co-founder of Impact Theory and Quest Nutrition, Tom Bilyeu, in which he explains why he believes a lack of decisiveness will cripple you.


Michael Gervais: How about speed of decision making?


Tom Bilyeu: Rapid, but not because I don’t have insecurities or fears, because I know it’s a good tactic.


Michael Gervais: So you listen to your gut or your head or is it both?


Tom Bilyeu: Yeah, it’s a balance of both, but I just really, really believe and anybody listening to this please take this to heart, I really believe the thing that will destroy your potential, that will ruin your business, will make you a bad employee, a bad husband, a bad wife, whatever, is indecision. And it’s simply something you allow or don’t allow. I think it’s better to move 100 miles an hour in the wrong direction than to stand still and the reason I believe that is movement, activity, decision making, it is the most information rich data stream there is.

So the reason moving in the wrong direction is better than standing still is you’ll learn. Standing still you don’t learn anything. So people like oh, but if you’re moving in the wrong direction you’re moving farther from your goal. Not really, because you’re getting the knowledge. So maybe longitudinally you’ve gone in the wrong direction, but you’re now so much stronger, faster, better that you’ll get to your destination faster than you would have if you were standing still because that person standing still is just going to be there forever. So I’d rather go 100 miles an hour in the wrong direction only to have to retrace my steps and go the other way because I will be that much more well equipped.


Michael Gervais: So measure twice, cut once, is not something-


Tom Bilyeu: Oh, yeah, I was going to say I don’t really think like that. Fucking cut the shit out of it and then look back and go well, what worked, what didn’t, there’s always another piece of wood. I like that. Even I like that. That was good.


Michael Gervais: That’s great.


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Tom Bilyeu is best known as a co-founder of Quest Nutrition, the second-fastest-growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014. He is also the hosted of Impact Theory, an interview series that explores the mindsets of the world's highest achievers to learn their secrets of success.