EP 555 In Data We Must Trust

Most of the decisions we make are by listening to our intuitions or by talking to a few trusted friends. However, there is now a better approach to decision making, according to our guest, Seth Stephens Davidowitz, author of Don’t Trust Your Gut and former data scientist at Google. Using data to get what we really want in life is a much better way to be happy, find the right companion and make great decisions early on that will help our children achieve great results throughout their lives. In an engaging way in his book and in his podcast, he presents an empirical case to prove that the new religion, “data,” is a much better indication that it will provide us with better approaches than the methods available to us before. Data points, the breadcrumbs left on the computer path of Google searches and Facebook likes, are rich in predictive power to explain how your actions will achieve the results you hope for. Many describe this as “life’s money ball”. Just as a measuring instrument has transformed baseball’s massive game, new confidence in this data will provide a new way to achieve greater achievement and success. It is really worth listening to.

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