Mulligan’s are not part of the professional game of golf. It’s the same in politics. Leaders in the public sector are highly criticized for changing their positions.
Our culture places a huge premium on choosing the right answer on the first try, as if we’re all on some sort of game show.
Much less credit is given to people brave enough to realize that they’ve made a mistake…those who go ahead and choose a new direction, a new strategy or a new set of tactics.
When we find ourselves in a deep hole, it’s rarely because we encountered a single terrible glitch. Usually, it’s the result of years losses caused by holding to a position (or keeping a habit) that just doesn’t work.
Given a choice between changing tactics based on data…and staying on the road in the wrong direction…I think the best path is pretty clear.
We ought to take more mulligans. But, it requires a lot of courage to admit you need one.
Thanks for listening.
PS: Thanks to Seth Godin for this awesome thought!