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Decide and Conquer: The Ultimate Guide for Improving Your Decision Making, Second Edition by Stephen P. Robbins

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2. The Search for Rationality

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

—M. Twain.

Sean Norris was facing a decision that many of us faced when we were about 17 or 18 years of age. A senior in high school, Sean was trying to decide where to go to college.

Picking a college is a big decision. It would determine where Sean would be for the next four years. It would set the direction for the rest of his life. Sean wasn’t about to approach a decision like this lightly.

Sean began by listing his criteria for what he wanted in a college. He preferred someplace not too far from his hometown, so he could drive home for long weekends and holidays. The school would have to have a program in accounting, since he was pretty ...

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