Last week I began reading Annie Duke’s fantastic book, Thinking in Bets.
First takeaway so far is this:
Do not equate the quality of a decision with the result of that decision.
For example: If you decided to drive home drunk and you happen to make it home safely, nobody would say that the “positive outcome” means you made a “good decision” in that scenario.
Yet, we so often apply “hindsight bias” to our decisions: We look back at the decisions which resulted in a poor outcome as being bad decisions and the decisions with a positive outcome as being good decisions.
And so, start to separate the quality of your decisions with the results of those decisions. Then, learn how to get better at making good decisions more often.