How Successful People Make Decisions Differently
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Successful people have 4 strategies that help them clearly define what they want:
We all make bad decisions, but successful people course correct more quickly.
When successful people have enough evidence that they’ve made a bad decision, they don’t look for more. They fail fast, move on, and then they don’t talk about it again. They also fix fast.
Successful people know when they’re not in a good place to make a decision and the consequences that might lead to.
Recognize when your ability to make good decisions is vulnerable, such as when you’re in a hurry, prideful, angry, lonely, rejected, inebriated, or tired.
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