Make Wise Decisions the Ben Franklin Way

To be strong in student leadership, Do things the Ben Franklin way.


You are young and your entire life is ahead of you. You have more decisions facing you than you could ever fully appreciate. How to know what to say yes, no, and maybe to?

It’s not always easy to make a decision when you really have no way of knowing how it will all turn out. Sometimes you just have to be willing to examine all the information you have and then move forward.

You may find yourself stuck at a crossroads, not choosing one way or another just because you can’t see down either road. I read a wonderful quotation long ago that has helped me when I feel indecisive because of all the uncertainties. It read “Go as far as you can, and from there, you can see farther.”

You see, you simply need a method for choosing the best choice at the time, and once you embark on that journey, you will gather more and more information and you’ll be able to adjust accordingly.

To make your initial decision, do what Ben Franklin would do. Get a piece of paper and write your question at the top, then draw a line down the center. At the top of the left column, write “Pros”, at the top of the right, write “Cons”.

For example, let’s say you’ve been offered a terrific job upon graduation, but it’s out of state. At the top of your paper, write: Take the job, move to ____. On the left, write all the reasons for taking the job. On the left, write all the reasons for not taking the job. Then, begin to weigh the strengths in your “Pros” list against the strengths on your “Cons” list. Strike out those that carry equal weight. So, if you’ve got a “7” Pro reason to go and a “7” Con reason to stay, strike those out.

When you’re done, one list will be completely marked out and one will have a balance. That’s the side you take. It worked for Franklin , and it will work for you.


College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link
Crystal Jonas Bio

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, Crystal Jonas knows what it takes to make non-traditional college students more successful, and enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call Crystal at 719- 291-0366. ____________________________________________________________

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