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The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

It is quite an extraordinary thing to say that human decisions and normal life matters are shaped and carved by hidden forces. Whether we decide a particular thing, or select a single option from a number of available options, we think a lot and do what our instinct tell us to do. The question that arises here is what is our instinct and why does it guide us to do a certain thing and take a certain step? Dan Ariely has solved this mystery in his bookPredictably Irrational: The Hidden…

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How People Make Decisions That Are Bad For Them

He looked shocked. I was having a conversation recently with a guy who was telling me about his nephew, a high school senior. “He should be an engineer,” the guy told me. “Engineers make great money. The job market for engineers is good. My nephew should definitely become an engineer. Don’t ya think?” “No,” I said. (That’s when he stared at me, stunned). “What?” he replied. “No,” I repeated. “I don’t know your nephew. What are his strengths?” “His strengths?” “Yes, his strengths. What are his strengths, his gifts, his…

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How People Make Decisions That Are Bad For Them

He looked shocked. I was having a conversation recently with a guy who was telling me about his nephew, a high school senior. “He should be an engineer,” the guy told me. “Engineers make great money. The job market for engineers is good. My nephew should definitely become an engineer. Don’t ya think?” “No,” I said. (That’s when he stared at me, stunned). “What?” he replied. “No,” I repeated. “I don’t know your nephew. What are his strengths?” “His strengths?” “Yes, his strengths. What are his strengths, his gifts, his…

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Make Better Decisions by Knowing How Decision Fatigue Works

When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day. In 2012 a research team from Columbia University [1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to…

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Successful People Aren’t Luckier Than Everybody Else, They Just Know How to Make Good Decisions

What contributes to the difference between the decisions successful people make and all other decisions made around the world on a hourly, daily and even weekly basis. Why do some people consistently make right decisions over and over with little room for failure? How do we, become better at making decisions in our own work and personal lives to emulate this level of success? Successful people always identify the problem first It starts with identifying the problem in front of you. Do you need the new sports car or do…

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If You Follow These 2 Rules to Make Decisions, You’re More Likely to Succeed in Life

It’s estimated that we make about 35,000 decisions every day.[1] These decisions include: what to wear, what to eat, and what to say. In the latter case, you’re likely to have to decide thousands of times a day on what you are going to say to others. This could range from ordering your morning latte at your local café – to putting your point across persuasively in a team meeting. Decisions… Decisions… Decisions… They are constantly needed for us to actively partake in life. However, were you taught how to…

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Should We Trust Our Gut Feeling When Making Decisions?

You’ve got a difficult choice to make. You are up for a promotion on your current job and suddenly, out of nowhere, you are confronted with another, very attractive job opportunity. The salary and benefits are great for both your current job and for this new position. If you stay on your current job you eliminate having to deal with all of the woes of transitioning to a new job and you may get the promotion you’ve been working so hard for these last five and half years. On the…

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How to Avoid Regrets After Making Decisions

You and your partner both love dogs. And after much discussion, you decide to go ahead and purchase a cute dalmatian puppy. At first, you’re so excited by your puppy’s boundless energy and non-stop playfulness. However, after a few days, your enthusiasm begins to wane. This is due to your puppy chewing a pair of your best shoes, scratching your wooden floor – and urinating on your sofa! After these unfortunate events, you’re probably starting to regret acquiring your puppy. Regret Is More Common Than You May Think When you…

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How to Constantly Make Right Decisions When Life Is Full of Uncertainties

Have you ever gone through a situation so bad that you sat down for a moment and wondered if you have thought this through because then you wouldn’t be stuck in this mess? You probably have because half the hardships that we meet in our life are created by ridiculous decisions we make, which are a reflection of our productivity. From what and where to eat, to what career to pursue, every little aspect of your life depends on smart decisions and clever calculations. Read on to find out why….

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