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Decision Making

The to-do list trap

When I first started writing Think Like a Rocket Scientist, my to-do list looked something like this: Call insurance company Submit tax form Order groceries Write book Inbox zero Clean desk “Write book” is by far the most important item here. The others have their place, but they won’t move …

4 simple ways to make better decisions

A donkey is standing between a pile of hay and a bucket of water. He’s very thirsty, but also very hungry. Should I eat the hay first? Or drink the water first? Unable to decide, the donkey eventually dies of hunger and thirst. I know what you’re thinking: I’m not …

Let some bad things happen

I have an aversion to bad things. A misunderstood sentence in a blog post. An update that crashes my website. A missed speaking opportunity because I didn’t reply to someone’s email on time. More than once, I’ve woken up at 3 in the morning to correct an edition of the …

A terrible piece of advice

In fourth grade, I received one of the worst pieces of advice I’ve ever heard. It’s recess and we’re playing soccer. I’m on defense, trying to clear the ball, and it’s just not working. Opposing players are running right past me. With each goal scored against my team, my budding …

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