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Duncan Nugget® #346: Overcome Cognitive Bias
In 1945, psychologist Karl Duncker gave research subjects a candle, a book of matches, and a box of tacks. He asked them to stick the candle to a wall so that when lit, wax wouldn't drip on the floor.
What would your solution be?
The simple solution is to remove the tacks from the box, stand the candle in the box, and then tack the box to the wall. See what I mean? Simple.
But most people didn't get it because they had a type of cognitive bias about what the box was for—holding tacks. They didn't see the box for all that it could be. Think about that.
The ability to overcome cognitive bias gives you a competitive advantage because you'll expand your perception of yourself and others. You'll find better ways to maximize your skills and resources.
What are you doing to expand your perception and overcome cognitive bias?