Life hacking: how to use a simple calculation to make the best decision

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In the first chapter of the book Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons Canadian Seymour Schulich, who owns a business in the mining industry, is divided into the decision-making process, which learned more 50 years ago. Schulich adds to the usual scheme of "pros and cons" a little calculation: it divides the sheet of paper in half, writes all the pros and cons and assigns scores to each item - from 1 to 10. So you can find out what criteria are important: a plus the most important, and that - serious drawback.

If the sum of points from the column "for" exceeds the sum of the scores of "against" at least twice, feel free to take a positive decision h4> Suppose you are thinking about buying a home and found an option that suits you at the price. However, the previous owners painted all the rooms in yellow. If you do not want to do repairs or hate yellow, you are sure to put the item "a horrible yellow color" all the 10 points, but due to the attractive price of the house add to the column plus 6 or 7 points. To sum up: if the sum of points from the column "for" exceeds the sum of the scores from the column "against" at least twice, then feel free to take a positive decision. If not, the Schulich advises to think carefully - it may be wise to abandon planned.

«This method works for groups of people. At one of the meetings which discussed the sale of the company, we have compiled a list together for the decision and found the result. Since the positive points outweighed the negative, we sold the company. And do not make a mistake ».

Seymour Schulich




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