Sometimes You're Right and Sometimes You're Wrong
I’m not a good decision maker.
I’ve never been a good decision maker.
However, when you own/operate your own business, you have to “man the ship” and make decisions whether you like it or not.
Out of everything I do each day, this is by far my least favorite.
No matter what decision you make, not everyone will be happy with what you decide.
We’ve all heard it. You can’t please everyone.
But for some reason I continue to try.
The worst part of the decision making process is when you second guess yourself.
Did I make the right call?
What if I’m wrong?
The thing is, in some people's minds you made the right call, and in others people’s minds you didn’t.
A few weeks ago I had to postpone my September tour dates due to unforeseen circumstances.
Did I make the right decision?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Maybe I’ll have the answer for you next week. Maybe I’ll have the answer for you in 10 years.
Either way, that’s life.
We make decisions and we have to move forward.
Sometimes we make the wrong one. Sometimes it takes difficult times and troubles to learn lessons that we might otherwise never learn.
The members of my band passed on other opportunities to devote their time and energy to my music and the upcoming tour dates. Having to call and tell them the tour was off was really tough. A few of these guys are practically family and to hear the disappointment in their voice brought tears to my eyes.
Although playing music began as a hobby for all of us, it has now turned into our livelihood. Our love for music hasn’t changed, but there is a business aspect that has now entered the equation. When I canceled the tour, I canceled their income for 5 days. That’s a big deal and something I hope they know I understand and don’t take lightly. I’m currently in the process of doing what I can to lessen some of the losses they’ve incurred.
One thing I learned:
I’ll strive to do my best, moving forward, to avoid having to make those phone calls ever again.
My first touring experience didn’t work out.
I made the final decision to call it off.
Did I make the right one?
I honestly don’t know.
But I do know that me sitting in silence wondering if I did or didn’t make the right call isn’t beneficial to anyone—my wife, my bandmates, my fans and myself.
Sometimes you’re right and sometimes you’re wrong.
Sometimes you’re both.
It depends on who you ask.