Posted by: Doug Geiger | 2012/02/05

Get confused.

If you are not flat-out confused at least once a week then you are wasting time, opportunity or intellect. Man is a problem solving animal. If everything is perfectly clear then you are not needed.

  1. As a project manager, a year into learning Agile, I am constantly confused. That is not to say that I am incompetent. Just the opposite. It means I am doing work that matters, solving complex problems and working with other humans.
  2. As a father, a year into parenting, I don’t know if I should cough on my son to build up his immune system or wipe every surface with a Clorox wipe. Should I pick him up each time he cries or team him patience in this moment?
  3. As a human, 31 years into my life, I sometimes wonder if I should use my free time to cease the day to relax and recuperate or seize the day and push myself to learn more, connect with others and put in the extra hours that yield excellence.

A wise man once told me: “If you find yourself confused: act with intention, monitor closely and reevaluate–do not panic and do not entertain shame”


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