How to Avoid Making Decisions (1)

Please choose the most appropriate answer for each sentence.
  • 1

    Recourse to someone or even something else: For example, in contrast to astrology, one must accept the fact that success is not due to a ..... concourse of stars at our birth, but due to a steady trail of sparks from the grindstones of hard work, determination, good planning, and perseverance.

  • 2

    False hopes: False hope and fear are two sides of the same ..... - we can promise according to our hopes that are under our control only (and have some degree of certainty on its outcome), but we avoid making decisions according to our fears of the outcomes.

  • 3

    Do not think about it: The decision-makers who are waiting for something to ..... up might start with their shirt sleeves; you can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle.

  • 4

    Do anchoring: Give ..... weight to some information instead of waiting as long as possible in order to have all the information.

  • 5

    .....-cost conscious: Repeat the same decision because you have invested so much in this approach (or your current job) that you cannot abandon it or make another decision (or look for a better position).

  • 6

    Look for confirming evidence: Seek out the information to support an existing preselection and ..... opposing ones.

  • 7

    Pray for a miracle: Emerson said, "As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their ..... a disease of the intellect."

  • 8

    Be over-confident: This makes you optimistic and then you make high risk decisions; as Henri Poincare said, "Doubt everything or believe everything - these are two equally convenient strategies, and with either, we dispense ..... the need to think for ourselves."

  • 9

    Be too prudent: Our doubts are traitors and make us lose opportunities by fearing to make our decision - and not only that, but it is .....; it transmits itself to others who depend on you.

  • 10

    Misrepresentation: Use argument that seems scientific - for example, compute and use the average salary as a typical representative of salary rather than the ......

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