I’m going to ask you two different groups of questions (Group A and Group B). All I want you to decide for each question is, “Do I know the answer to this?”
Yes or no. That’s all you have to answer.
What are the essentials to get in shape/lose weight?
What are the essentials to a strong and healthy relationship?
What are the essentials to productive financial management?
How do you write and publish a New York Times best-seller?
What is the safest way to build wealth with cryptocurrency?
What is the best strategy for reforming the US education system?
These two groups of questions help me illustrate a key point about the source of our errors and mistakes. Let’s start with the Group B questions.
In Group B you’re less likely to know the answer. It’s reasonable to expect more mistakes due to less familiarity and knowledge.
In Group A you’re more likely to know the answer. It’s reasonable to expect less mistakes due to more familiarity and knowledge.
Yet in the Group A questions where the answers are much more clear (I chose health, relationships, and money on-purpose), mistakes are just as common as the Group B where the answers are much less clear.
This shows us that errors and mistakes come from two sources: