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This article was published on September 19, 2016

    When in doubt…

    When in doubt…
    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

    Founder & board member, TNW

    Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

    Often when something goes wrong people say “I knew it! I had a bad feeling and I should’ve listened to my gut.”

    We say this when we hire an employee and it doesn’t work out (I had doubts from the beginning) or when we take on a project and it fails (I was never comfortable with the idea).

    You’ll receive advice from investors and other entrepreneurs to always follow your instinct/heart/gut/[insert any other body part]. While I don’t necessarily think these saying are wrong, I do think it’s pretty useless advice.

    As confident as you are, there are always insecurities. And if it turns out to be a bad decision, you’ll remember every single hesitation. When it all turns out great, you’ll conveniently forget you were ever reluctant.

    I doubt every decision I make – every single time, and the whole day through. And I’m not uncomfortable with doing so. It’s a healthy part of making decisions – think things through and consider all negative outcomes. Only then can you live with every judgement call.

    Instinct and gut feelings are very important factors in decision-making processes. But if I based all my decisions on being completely confident, I would never get started. Risk and acceptance is part of life.


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