Just got my ticket for Daniel Kahneman’s talk in London, March 18th. Come join me to listen to one of the most important thinkers of our time, a 2002 Nobel-prize winner. His book, ‘Thinking, fast and slow’, was one of the most influential books I’ve ever read. I might even say I am doing this master’s because at a certain point in life I discovered Kahneman’s work.
I’m currently reading a book that helps my “maximizer” tendencies. I always want the best option available and I usually suffer to get it (wasted time, wasted cognitive energy, etc.).
I understand that, in order to have a happier life, I should create rules for choosing and take the “good enough” option (be a “satisficer”). How do you know when an option is good enough? If you have a threshold in mind for as many decisions as you can, then things are simpler. I have a rule of thumb for wearing jackets, for instance, so I don’t have to choose each day what to wear and then be unhappy anyway with my choice because of so many other options left behind.
For the maximizer in you, make yourself a present and read Barry Schwartz’s book The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.
When things go wrong, we should be able to understand which is the part we can change and which is that we can’t, and then act accordingly in order to change what is changeable.
Today a lot of things seem to go wrong around. I’m making a plan with the “locus of control” theory in mind: what is in my power to change?