Don't Leap Before You Look!
The powerful benefits of thoughtful action
When people are confronted with adversity, opportunity or both, they often react quickly—with
the intention of dealing with the situation rapidly and moving forward.
These reflexively gut-driven responses are often rewarded by our culture, which praises the
“fast-acting do-er” who “gets the job done” or “puts out fires.”
Trouble is, rapid action can often result in adverse outcomes. When that happens, you might fail
to get the desired result while simultaneously making matters worse due to unforeseen and
The self-made Super Rich—those with a net worth of $500 million or more—are different, in our
experience. Instead of instantly reacting to situations, they approach the good and bad moments
strategically. The Super Rich have a habit of prudently thinking through the problems and
opportunities they face—often in partnership with professional “sounding boards” with whom they
discuss ideas and questions. When they do act, it’s usually only after they have a solid
understanding of all the facts and possibilities—as well as what they see as the likely outcomes
of their possible responses.
Here’s what many of them do differently—and how you can emulate them when you face your
own challenges and opportunities.