Psychology

New Year’s Resolutions

After a very fun year closing session at Toastmasters Bucharest, I got in the mood to write this post. It is about something I use on a daily basis.

2014 is fast approaching. It’s just about that time… when New Year’s resolutions start popping like popcorn all over the place.
Statistics regarding New Year’s Resolutions success rates tell a grim and true story. According to Richard Wiseman, only ~12% of these resolutions are accomplished. Boooo. But we can work with this… Chances do favor the bold and the prepared.
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Evil Hindsight Bias

I am going to steal your thunder!

It’s 10:00 A.M. Coffee in. Meeting starting. Great! I am preparing to announce that one great find, the idea which will impact our business in numerous and glorious ways, minimum investment-maximum return, the panacea! You know the stuff.  I make my pitch, sweating, happy for all that hard work invested so…successfully. I blurt it out, yelling close to a cow. Waiting…waiting…Applause?!!! Nooo! In perfect sync and silence with my ending I hear someone passively say  “Yes, of course, that is evident”, “I already know it”… Awkward!

And then it happens again and again, different day, different subject, different person. What is going on, damn it???
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