April 18, 2023
Hell Yeah

I think you can measure your ability to make decisions and solve problems by monitoring levels of confidence, certainty, and conviction over time.

I think of confidence as the belief in oneself and one's abilities. It's the feeling of self-assurance that comes from having trust in one's skills and experience. Confidence is important in business and in life, as it helps you to take risks and push yourself outside of your comfort zone.

Certainty, on the other hand, is a feeling of absolute surety about something. From my perspective, certainty is the belief that something is true beyond any doubt or hesitation. While confidence is a feeling of trust in oneself, certainty is a feeling of trust in something outside of oneself, such as a belief or a set of facts.

Finally, I think conviction is a deeper level of belief than either confidence or certainty. It's a strong sense of personal belief and commitment to a particular idea or course of action. Conviction is what drives people to pursue their goals and overcome obstacles, even in the face of adversity. It's a powerful force that can inspire and motivate others to follow in one's footsteps.

When I find myself feeling indifferent, due to clashing levels of confidence, certainty, and conviction, I ask myself a simple question to help get past the indifference: "Is this a hell yeah, or a no?"

Whether it's an opportunity to hire someone, have a chat, work on a side project, go for a walk, whatever; if it gives me that "hell yeah" feeling, it's something I do, and anything less than a hell yeah is not an acceptable use of my time.

Being able to make decisions that remove thousands of other decisions is a valuable skill to have. Furthermore, honing my hell yeah compass has been something that's helped me identify what truly energizes me. I think it's fairly easy to find happiness, but fulfillment is harder to find because it depend so much on our own personal values, beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences.

I think the one of the first steps you can take to finding more fulfillment is to take your "hell yeah" compass for a spin.