If humans were
simply widening our
options might be
enough to overcome
one that’s more accommodating. The
self-confirmation bias will focus on
information that supports your view-
point, like, “They already told Dale
he couldn’t telework,” or “Joan has a
special work arrangement, but only
because she travels so much. Her situ-
ation is different.”
To overcome these obstacles, you
must trick your brain into thinking
more objectively. When evaluating
options, the authors suggest asking
yourself the following questions:
• What if my least favorite option
were actually the best one?
• What data might convince me of
• What’s the most likely way I could
fail to get the right information in
• Is there a way to test my options
before committing to one?
• What would I tell my best friend to
do in this situation?
The book walks you through numer-
ous examples, many of them counter-
intuitive, that demonstrate how asking
these simple questions can produce
much better decisions.
What I particularly love about this
book is that it offers a process that
anyone can follow. A process gives
you confidence. It provides a logical,
unbiased method for making the best
choice possible and taking appropriate
If carpe diem is a central tenet by
which you mean to live your life, then
you need this process to be both bolder
and wiser in your decision making.
about the reviewer
Jennifer Gresham, Ph.D., is a 16-year
military veteran turned writer, speaker
and coach. She is the author of the
blog Everyday Bright, and the founder
of No Regrets Career Academy, an
online course for career changers.
Connect with her on Facebook
or Twitter (@JenGresham).