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Do What You'd Do Before Buying a Blender
Base your decision (at least partly) on the opinions (and yes, wisdom) of in-the-know strangers—just as you would when Googling a sushi spot, say Chip and Dan Heath in their guide, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. For instance, if you're deciding whether to accept a job, consult with people who have held that position there. Or, before you make a Great Gatsby–inspired relocation, find out what locals say about life on Long Island. Most of us don't seek it, but the outside view—"how things generally unfold in situations like ours"—is usually more accurate than a gut feeling. (The rare exception: intuition based on lots of clear feedback in a predictable environment—like chess or a video game.)
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