#WednesdayWisdom: The Right Question to Ask

Looking for a little #WednesdayWisdom? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: Avoid the Power of Stories.

I love stories. So do you. We’re built to love stories because, unlike data, they fit the way our brains worked best in a natural state. People who lived in a state of nature didn’t have a lot of data or Excel to help them analyze it.

But they had stories, and, with a world containing way fewer things to think about than we’ve got today, those stories worked pretty well to explain what was going on and what to do next. You could believe that an evil spirit lived in a lake where people kept drowning, and if that kept you out of a lake with a steep drop and a silty bottom, then that story, while false, still worked. It kept you from drowning.

Today, though, we have the ability to concoct stories about anything, explaining just about anything. When we believe these stories because they’re good stories, that’s called the narrative fallacy. We’re practically born to fall for this. …

Read the rest of Jim’s post: Avoid the Power of Stories.

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