“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Sir Isaac Newton
Elizabeth Holmes may face up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy and fraud. But what is wilder than her inability to blink is how deliberate she was to get what she wanted that Theranos was valued at $9 billion during their history that lasted for 15 years.
15 years is a long time. It’s the time you turned from an adolescent teenager to a fully functioning (hopefully) adult.
And yet, in Holme’s case, with deliberation came a desire for power that overtook her values (if she had any) and turned her into a liar and thief.
This does not mean that notorious crooks are the only ones who are deliberate, no. Deliberation has good samaritans as well.
In a story written by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker, he talks about a doctor named Emil Freireich, who pioneered the leukemia treatments that have since lead to the survival rate of 97.8% for patients under the age of 20.
Freireich would mix together drugs in dosages, while at the time, were not clinically proven or explored by other medical professionals.
Looking insane to the oncology community, he had the potential to kill patients instantaneously, and as he persisted through sheer stubbornness, some of them nearly did.
While you set out in your career or as you tackle new goals in exercise or eating habits, ask yourself, “Am I deliberate enough about what I want that I will achieve it?”
As Jocko Willink answers in his book, Discipline Equals Freedom, if you want to stop eating sugar, stop eating sugar.
That might sound like the snake who ate its own tail, however, there is a simple sincerity to it. The only way you will get what you want is to be deliberate about what you want. And once you are deliberate about what you want, you will get what you want.
Once this becomes clear, then getting the results you’re looking for will be much easier. It’s the act of letting go of anything that doesn’t serve your purpose towards achieving this goal and sustaining the ability to stop questioning what it is you want.
If you’re not getting the results you had hoped for, part of it will be due to the competing desires being considered that contradict your result.
You cannot be vegan and “sometimes” eat cheese or other dairy products. Then you’re just a person who likes vegan cuisine and no one cares that you’re a vegan anyway (sorry, vegans, we don’t.)
Decide what it is you want and you will surely get it.
Also, remember your actions will cause reactions. And the decisions about how you get to the end result will have an effect on the future of others as well as yourself.