If you’ve never had a fork in the road in your life, is that a good thing or otherwise?

We suppose it depends upon how your life is proceeding.

A fork in the road is a metaphor, based on a literal expression, for a deciding moment in life or history when a major choice of options is required. Compare “crossing the Rubicon“.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, photo via The Well Armed Woman

There is a common idea in Russian folk tales, where a Russian Knight comes to a fork in the road and sees a tall upright stone with an inscription that reads: “If you ride to the left, you will lose your horse, if you ride to the right, you will lose your head”.

I think we would choose to go left.

Catherine Cook is wonderfully young. If appears she choose to go right. Very right and correct in her decision making.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, photo via SFGate

At the informative site under30ceo.com they smile, “Catherine founded MyYearBook.com with her brother David Cook and has grown it into the most popular teen site in the world and a top 30 website overall. The site boasts over 25 million members since it was founded in 2005 and has revenue of over 24 million. With over $17 million in funding and a passionate user base the two founders look to keep building the platform to serve their community.”

MeetMe (formerly myYearbook) is a social networking service founded in 2005. In 2011, myYearbook merged with Quepasa Corporation (QPSA: NYSE Amex). In June 2012, the combined company was renamed MeetMe, Inc. In April 2014, MeetMe’s shares started trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol “MEET.”

MeetMe focuses on helping users discover new people to chat with on mobile devices. Approximately 90 percent of MeetMe’s traffic comes from mobile. The service has more than one million total daily active users.

It’s inspiring to learn about young women making a name for themselves in the business world.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, photo via flickr

According to the powerful business magazine inc.com when asked how it all got started she replied, “When I was 14, my family moved to Skillman, New Jersey, where I started high school. I didn’t know anyone. My brother Dave and I were flipping through the school’s yearbook to see if we recognized anyone, and we were shocked at how useless the information was. That’s when we thought, What if we put the whole thing online? I’d always looked up to my brother Geoff. He’s 11 years older than me and had already launched a successful start-up. I thought if he started a company, I could, too.”

Very intriguing.

Very rewarding.

In July of 2011 at abcnews.go.com they report, “On Wednesday, myYearbook announced its sale to the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Quepasa Corp. for $100 million of combined stock and cash.

With the sale, the family dream-team is growing up: Geoff Cook, 33, will become COO of the joint companies while his younger brother David, 22, finishes college at University of Colorado.”

The benefits of her great decision making continues to roll in.

At meetmecorp.com they add, “MeetMe is fast becoming the social gathering place for the mobile generation.”

We move up the timeline to October 21, 2016. At the forward thinking site entrepreneur.com they admonish, “Catherine Cook is the co-founder of MyYearbook, a company which was acquired by Quepasa five years back for $100 million. Clearly an entrepreneurial success, Cook shared a piece of advice with any current or prospective entrepreneur. “If you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t you’re going to regret it.”

Very sound advice.

When it comes to important decision making, sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. You can’t always rely on a mentor since their decisions might work wonderfully for their life but not necessarily for yours.

In terms of goals and decision making, we turn our attention to a female PHD who has some excellent suggestions.

By Marlene Shiple, Ph.D. 

Decision Making – 7 Steps to SUCCESS With Complex Decisions

fciwomenswrestling.com article, unsplash.com pexels.com photo credit

Decision making is the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on your values/preferences as the decision maker. Making a decision implies that there are alternative choices to be considered – including that which best fits your goals, desires, lifestyle and values.

Doing SOMETHING – and, then, moving yourself to perform that action – can propel you in the direction of a desired goal. When you are faced with a complex decision, it is important to be aware of using an approach which fits the complexity of the decision.

Examples of complex decisions include: How would I best organize my investments to finance a land purchase? Should you take a vacation – for how long and to where? To solve these complex decisions, use these 7 Steps to SUCCESS with Complex Decision:

Step #1: List each optional decision; include the Pros and Cons for each.

Step #2: Carefully examine the list: Analyze it – what does it suggest? – Is the decision obvious? If so, select the obvious.

Step #3: Which list – the Pros or the Cons – is stronger. Why?

Step #4: Proceed to act on the stronger list.

Step #5: How do you feel? Are you content with this selection?

Step #6: If so, proceed with the stronger. If not, reconsider which list is stronger.

Step #7: Proceed to act on the stronger list.

Decisions are not made in isolation from each other – you gather information, explore alternatives and make a resultant choice … in a context of other decisions. Every decision you make affects the decision stream – i.e., decisions are made in a context of other decisions.

There is a stream of decisions surrounding a given decision. Many decisions that were made earlier have led up to the current decision; they have made it possible – they have added limitations to it. In addition, many other decisions will follow from this decision creating far-reaching consequences.

I invite you to use these steps over and over to assist you when in the process of making complex decisions.

And I encourage you to learn more about how to re-balance your life by visiting our blog at http://www.mentalhealth-online.com/mentalhealth or Click Here. Join our list by entering your name and email address, or click on “RSS” to add yourself to our the RSS-feed — you will be informed right away about new additions and information that can benefit your life! Get Practical Ideas & Tips that You can Use to CHANGE your Life … for Good!

Presented by Dr. Marlene Shiple, the Life Coach Pro, & the Life Coach Network.

~ ~ ~

http://ezinearticles.com/?Decision-Making—7-Steps-to-SUCCESS-With-Complex-Decisions&id=1516775 

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Marlene_Shiple,_Ph.D./47400

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1516775

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fork_in_the_road_(metaphor)

http://www.inc.com/magazine/201205/liz-welch/catherine-cook-and-geoff-cook-myyearbook.html

http://www.meetmecorp.com/

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/teens-start-company-sells-100-million/story?id=14127273

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/283758