Process for knowing if you have a self-serving bias

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What is a self-serving bias?

Rolf Dobelli in his book The Art of thinking clearly, maintains that a self-serving bias is when,

‘. . .  We attribute success to ourselves and


failures to external factors’.

How can you avoid the ‘self-serving bias’?

Cultivate trusted people who will tell you the truth.

Cultivate people who will be your ‘loving critics’.

John Gardener, former U.S. public servant put it this way. ‘Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers’.

Here is professional speaker, Larry Winget’s take on this topic: ‘The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off’.

Your CALL to action/HOW to apply for this post: Make a goal to find a trusted person/loving critic within the next three months. Cultivate your relationship with that person. Offer to be their trusted person/loving critic.

Check out this post on enhancing your willpower

p.s. This week a client of mine commented on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s speaking. On reflection on what my client said, and leaving aside any judgement on the value of Trump’s policies – my view is that he an exemplar, of speaking and presenting with certainty.

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