Let Me Ask You A Question – 7/25/17

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This morning I posted about playing the ‘what if’ game.  Let me ask you a question…

How do you feel about playing the ‘what if’ game?  Can it be a double-edged sword?

30 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 7/25/17

  1. ‘What ifs’ help me think and decide on things that could have a consequence to it. For example, I invest $1000 in stocks/bonds, what if it drops, what if it never grows, what if it goes completely negative. Just helps with decision making and makes for a good conversation when you’re trying to get deep with someone. At times, it can bite you in the back for thinking too much into it.

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  2. Not sure if it’s good or bad to do so, but I think it’s kinda pointless. Sure, there may be a lesson learned here and there, but generally, I think those who play the what-if game are looking at a negative or a regret. In that case, why do it? It just makes one feel bad or like they failed, and it’s in the past and can’t be changed.

    Now, when planning for the future, asking what if is prudent. Knowing ones’ options and how to react when a, b, or c occurs is wise. Always have a plan-b! 😃

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      • Agreed. Hell, I do it daily with something as mundane as my commute. If traffic is bad there, I’ll take this way instead. Simple or complex, having some idea of various options is just smart.

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  3. Double edged, at least – also the foundation of much historical fiction and virtually all of fantasy and sci-fi, and of most paranoid delusions and conspiracy theories. Where would we be without it? Oh, there it is.

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      • The person’s response will show what a person is willing to say or do. That, in turn, will show the person’s true character. We can hide our true ‘self’ from others until we are faced with a crisis moment. The ‘what if scenario can provide the catalyst to revealing what lies beneath the surface.

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  4. I’m a consultant. We live and die by ‘What If’ scenarios for technology. In life, it’s often not productive to ask ‘What If’. You can’t go back and take the other path, you can only react to the forks in the road that are ahead.

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