Do You Make These Thinking Errors?

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Have you ever made a decision that seemed illogical looking back? We’re all highly illogical beings even though we think the opposite!

Every person creates their own social reality. The way you view the world is completely subjective because we all have cognitive biases.

The concept of cognitive biases was introduced in 1972 by two psychologists, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman. A cognitive bias is a systematic thinking error that impacts judgments, and therefore, our decisions.

As of this writing, there are 106 decision-making related cognitive biases known! We all make these errors. So there’s no point in trying to become a perfect thinker. It’s impossible.

However, with practice, you can avoid some thinking mistakes that many of us make. And by avoiding these errors, we can improve our decisions, and consequently: Our lives and careers.

What follows is a list of three thinking errors. The question is: Do you make these errors? If so, I’ll also share a fix.

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How To Quickly Decide Which Book You Should Read Next

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“Which book on my reading list should I read next?”

Does that question sound familiar?

Once I cross off a book from my reading list, I always add 1 or 2 new books. It’s a never-ending adventure of discovering new books.

It’s fun. But also frustrating.

By now, there are hundreds of books on my reading list. And there’s no way I can read everything. I’ve finally realized that.

I also realized at an early age that with the right knowledge, you can achieve anything.

But there’s a problem — books take time to read. Even when you train your reading skills and can read faster, it will take you at least several days to read a book.

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Take Your Time To Think

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Note: This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, THINK STRAIGHT.

 

I used to think that smart people are fast thinkers. “He thinks on his feet. He’s really smart.” I tried it for many years.

Every time I faced a problem, discussion, or when someone asked me a question, I thought, “QUICK, QUICK, QUICK!”

Naturally, my first answers sucked.

Derek Sivers, one of my favorite thinkers, says he’s a slow thinker:

“It’s a common belief that your first reaction is the most honest, but I disagree. Your first reaction is usually outdated. Either it’s an answer you came up with long ago and now use instead of thinking, or it’s triggering a knee-jerk emotional response to something that happened long ago.”

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