Amos Yee

How to Broaden Your Options in Decision-Making

  • Decisions made by teenagers often lack any choice at all, they are usually just statements of resolve like: 'I'm going to stop blaming others!'
  • When you find yourself rehashing arguments endlessly with the same 2 choices, push to widen your options.
  • Great decision-makers spend most of their time asking questions which broaden their options, like: Is there a better way? What else could we do? For example, Managers would ask" How can I make this work? How do I get colleagues to like me?
  • We're often victims to a bias called 'opportunity cost', where we're overly focused on what we give up when making decisions.
  • Focusing is great for analysing alternatives, but terrible for spotting them.
  • Use the vanishing options test, imagine if a genie wiped out all your available options and you're forced to think of a new one.
  • Be wary of 'whether or not' decisions'.
  • Don't think 'this or that', think 'this AND that'. Many times it's best to do 2 or more things at the same time.
  • Find someone who has solved your problem (Ask a friend/teacher, google for resources etc.)
  • You need to be open and seek out disagreement. We naturally seek out self-confirming information, so we need discipline to fully understand and consider opposing opinions

  • Source:

    Chapters 2-5 of 'Decisive'(Book)