Decisions… Decisions… Decide!

Mitch Schneider
August 18, 2020

It would be easier starting off a discussion on decisions and deciding by by hiding behind my orthopedist’s decision to substitute the cast I’ve been suffering with for a month with the brace I received this morning.

Easier… But not altogether honest!

I’ve been agonizing over the concept of deciding for a few weeks. If you know me, you know just how uncharacteristic that is. Generally, I gather all the information I can, make a decision, move on, and rarely, if every, look back.

Looking back—questioning what you’ve already decided to do—is anything but productive.

In fact, if you look up the origin of decide you’ll see that its Latin root means to cut off (Latin decidere ‘determine’, from de- ‘off’ + caedere ‘cut’, Oxford Languages). In other words, to end the pain associated with having to choose!

Nevertheless, I find myself agonizing over the decision to move my monthly columns here, rather than create a dedicated space for them at

That was my original vision. Something I could see clearly when I closed my eyes. But that would have forced me to update the site. To invest in something for which there may be no clear return.

That’s hard to do for someone who has been in business for the better part of half a Century, and why I placed the first column—Pivot—here.

By now you’ve probably figured out that I’m questioning the wisdom of that decision. That’s why it’s here. I’m asking for your help. Your opinion.

What do you think? Should I keep the columns here, along with the Running on All Cylinders newsletter that is currently in development? Or, should I move both to a dedicated home on the website?

Let me know what you think. I’m counting on you!

  1. Doug Hillmuth
    August 19, 2020

    Original decisions first thought are usually the course to follow. Misfire is a result of Mitch Schneider who has been able to always give back to our industry. I would recommend that Your column's be posted on and running on all cylinders in misfire, just a thought.

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    • Mitch Schneider
      August 22, 2020

      Great advice, Doug... I think it's the only way forward. Thank you!

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    • Mitch Schneider
      September 8, 2020

      I'm not sure if you noticed it yet, but I kind of took your advice!

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  2. Daniel Biezonsky
    August 24, 2020

    My first thought was, "Geez, I am always getting direction or advice from Mitch, better be a good suggestion!"
    After giving it some thought, I would place in both to capture all readership.
    Thanks for always giving so much of your wisdom!

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    • Mitch Schneider
      August 25, 2020

      It's great advice, Dan! The problem is Google who (Isn't it weird that we refer to Google as if it was an actual person?) doesn't like to see the same content on two different sites! It forces a choice and with the help of all the readers who shared their suggestions with me, I've decided to put the industry stuff on and the Misfire stuff on! Look for my second column, The Simple Elegance of How Things Fit, on the MSW site September 1. Oh! And, share where to find me with everyone you know! ;-{)} I'll look for you there!

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