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How to make a good decision

Expert detectives have two main qualities:

  • Detached involvement
  • The ability to keep on asking questions

Good investigators don't make quick judgements. They know that their mind will try to convince them that their first impression is right. Instead, they force themselves to walk away from a problem they want to solve. This can help when making important life decisions where it would be dangerous to jump to conclusions, such as buying a new home, hiring a new employee or planning a career move.

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Use a systematic approach to eliminate as many explanations as possible through falsification.

We tend to solve problems in superficial ways. When we make everyday decisions, our mind often only weighs the immediate information so that it can build a coherent story, even if the story is incomplete or unreliable.

When constructing alternative options, you may find that you will gather more possibilities than you perhaps thought of in the beginning. To assist our minds, we need practical methods and information-handling tools to keep track. This will reduce the risk to jump to conclusions....

  • Assume nothing
  • Believe nothing
  • Challenge and check everything

Whether you have to work out why a product launch failed, why your kid is struggling at school or why your smartphone has stopped working, it is essential to think more systematically.

We will always forget something or not have all the facts. That's why an open-minded and critical friend can be indispensable.

The favoured approach is not deductive logic, which is reasoning based on known facts, but abductive logic, which identifies the best possible explanation in the absence of complete knowledge. Doctors make use of abductive reasoning. They are given a set of symptoms and diagn...

Clear thinking is essential for every aspect of life, yet many of us have not really learnt how to think and make safe judgments under pressure.

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Ultra-high performers know that opportunities do not usually come to them— they must leave no stone unturned to hit their number. Think like an ultra-high performer and do some detective work to make your next sale.

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