Effectual Reasoning: The Little Known Method Entrepreneurs Use to Figure Out What They Want
One of the most common questions I get asked is “What do I do if I don’t know what I want?” It’s a question I’ve asked myself before.
“What do I want?” can be a paralyzing question. We most often answer by looking for someone to tell us what to do (totalitarianism) or doing what we see others doing (conformism).
When people have a vague goal “I want to earn a living helping people be healthier,” but lack a clearly defined goal, they fail to pursue any route.
In the moment, my desire is always to shake them and scream “just do anything! Anything is better than nothing!”
This doesn’t seem to help. It certainly wouldn’t have helped me.
So let me propose a different question. Assuming you have some vague goal or sense of which direction you’d like to move like “earn a living helping people be healthier,” ask:
“What do I have?”
If you start by assessing “what are the means that I have readily available”, then determine “what are the ends given those means”, the problem changes from figuring out what you want to imagining future possibilities given existing means.