An interview with Mauro Müller. Topic: “Decisions”. We met Mauro in the Italian City of Genoa. It is the hometown of his mother and a place he would call home. We sat in the old town in the “Caffè degli Specchi” with a glass of white wine, cappuccino, and some salty snacks. How is he dealing with decisions? Time certainly plays an important role for him.
What was one of the most difficult decisions you had to take so far?
I once had the opportunity to go to Paris for work but I was not comfortable anymore with my employer and I already had in my mind to change. Then this opportunity popped up and I was really attracted to the idea of living in Paris with the good conditions they offered. I mean this is not happening every day. But I did not accept it as it looked to me like a sugar pill they give me to keep me. In the end, I stuck to my decision to change employer and decided to not move to Paris. This was a really tough decision.
Do you regret it?
No. Because I don’t know what would have happened in Paris. So why should I regret it? Maybe it would have been a fiasco and I thought, over thought it and I took my decision. I am happy how things worked out with my decision.
How do you normally take decisions?
There is, on one hand, an emotional, non-analytical side where you develop something in your stomach, decisions that you make based on your guts. It is just intuition. Sometimes you are not really aware of the fact that a decision has already been made there. With the experience I have, I now try to identify this part. And of course, I have an analytical, rational side where I weigh all aspects that are tangible and not abstract. This can be places, money, and other practical things. And then I weigh them. I don’t really have a pattern in how I made decisions.
How long does it normally take until you decide?
I am getting faster and faster. I was not a person that took decisions easily, I took my time. But now I developed a good intuition and gained experience so I am quite fast. If people and feelings are involved it takes me a little bit longer because these decisions are more difficult.
In which way are these decisions more difficult?
Because you are touching feelings of human beings. I respect human beings and I don’t like to hurt others.
Why did you become faster in taking decisions?
I think it is important to take fast decisions: right now, time is crucial. You have less and less time and life is getting more and more complex. Sometimes you take the wrong decision. But more important is that you take a decision. You can always learn from a wrong one. Of course, you should try to foresee how big the impact of a wrong decision is on the environment. Sometimes I also talk with somebody I trust to get a back-up for an important or more difficult decision I have to make.
Do you take a decision the same way at work and in your private life?
No, but what I know is that I want to take fast decisions.
I am a thinker, I am an analyzer and in the past, the overthinking did not take me anywhere. It normally brought more question marks. I know today that I can rely on my intuition.
How do you feel about decisions that you thought were wrong eventually?
Well, this is experience, next time I will do it better.
And did you do better next time?
(laughs) It is quite hard, but I try to.
Place of birth: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Parents: Ernst (Controller, Economist), Janna Odetti (Teacher, Translator)
Siblings: Claudia (37)
Study/Learned profession: Economics, now working for a bank
Relationship status: Dating
Romantic or realistic? More realistic, but of course it is changing. There were times when I was romantic, but my mood now is realistic. That has perhaps to do with experiences I made and that made me more rational in some way.
How many Facebook friends do you have? I don’t know and I don’t care.
Adventure or Stability? Both. I always try to find the balance between things, based on the saying of the ancient Greeks “Meden agan” what means not too much or moderation, which is also one of the pillars of occidental culture. That is also my philosophy.
Coffee/Tea: Both. Sometimes coffee, sometimes tea. In the morning tea, in the mid-morning coffee, and after lunch coffee.
My favorite spot in Amsterdam: Oude Kerk, because there is the red-light district on one side and the church on the other side. It is telling a lot about life. Although quite different from the outside, they have perhaps more in common than it looks.
If I were a bitterbal I’d be filled with… a lot of hot cheese
Sitting on a mangotree feels like being relaxed