Episode 041: Why You Need to Stop Adding Things to Your Life

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Episode 041: Why You Need to Stop Adding Things to Your Life

Think of a current problem in your life that you’re trying to solve.

Maybe you’re encountering an issue at work, something is going on at home, or there is some tension in one of your important relationships.

Now, brace yourself because I have some bad news for you: more likely than not, you’re going about that problem all wrong.

However, there’s also some good news: you’re not alone! Most people go about their problems less than optimally. We try to solve or improve them by adding something. In reality, we should be subtracting things!

Today, I am going to explain why this is the case. Tune in to learn why you need to stop adding things to your life and how to go about solving your problems more efficiently.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  1. The study that reveals why people are more likely to consider solutions that add (rather than remove) features.
  2. Examples of situations where people added things to solve a problem.
  3. Why we are prone to add things to our lives.
  4. What the sunk-cost bias is.
  5. The benefits of subtractive thinking.
  6. How to apply the subtraction technique.
  7. How to use subtraction to be more creative.

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“People Systematically Overlook Important Changes” by Gabrielle Adams, Benjamin Converse, Andrew Hales, and Leidy Klotz