Make and take

Tiago Forte recently observed that “Being an entrepreneur is hard because you have to be totally clear eyed, and at the same time capable of self-delusion for long periods of time.” With that statement, he has highlighted one of the central paradoxes of human existence: our ability to live according to multiple fundamental beliefs that all contradict one another. 

Here’s another paradox of human existence: those most equipped to make good decisions are those with a vast reservoir of experience, understanding and humility. Unfortunately, the people possessing that tripartite of qualities can only be old, and the old possess much less energy and elasticity than the young. Thus, the paradox: those most suited to make good decisions are the least suited to undertake them.