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Mastering Decision Making: 7 Great Quotes From The Richest Man Alive

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“You have to realize: decision making isn’t one size fits all,” said Bezos at a gala this month held in New York by FIRST, a global STEM education nonprofit.

How to make the right decision

You must ask yourself two simple questions: “What are the consequences of this decision?” and “Is this decision reversible?”

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“Reversible decisions”

According to Bezos, most decisions are low consequence, reversible. and can be made quickly with data and by junior teams. “If you make the wrong decision,” Bezos explained, “the cost is low.”

Importance of moving fast

Big companies can become less nimble when small, reversible decisions go through cumbersome bureaucratic process. Bezos says moving fast—even if it’s not the best move—still gives you a leg up on the competition.

“The cost of being slow is so much higher than the cost of getting the answer exactly right,” he said.

“Don’t wait”

he said, “Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70 percent of the information you wish you had,” Bezos wrote in a 2016 shareholder letter. “If you wait for 90 percent, in most cases, you’re probably being slow.”

“Irreversible decisions”

Irreversible decisions, Bezos says, are important decisions that should be made by senior leadership, single individuals or tiny teams.

Here, you have “to use very slow, deliberate decision-making processes,” he says. He also calls theses “one-way doors,” in a 2015 shareholder letter.

“If you walk through and don’t like what you see on the other side, you can’t get back to where you were before.”

Intuition matters

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“People think of Amazon as very data-oriented and I always tell them, look, if you can make the decision with data, make the decision with data,” he said. “But a lot of the most important decisions simply cannot be made with data.”

Exhibit A: Amazon Prime

“There wasn’t a single financially savvy person who supported the decision to launch Amazon Prime. Zero. Every spreadsheet showed that it was going to be a disaster,” said Bezos. “So that had to just be made with gut.”

“Those kinds of decisions,” added Bezos, “they cannot be made analytically, so far as I know. They have to be made with gut.”

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VIDEO: 5 Money Rules You Can Totally Ignore!

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Unlike the baby boomers, young adults today are straddling massive financial pressure – be it heavy student loans or home prices reaching unaffordable highs. While all of this welcomes plenty of financial advice, most of them are wrong. Here are five pieces of money rules you can afford to ignore.

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3 Simple Ways To Save Money Faster

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Would you be interested if we told you that there are efficient tricks to saving money? Well, it’s true; there are a few tricks that can be used to save money, even when it doesn’t feel like you have any money to save.

The present state of the economy is a loud wake-up call for you to tighten your belts, cut back on unnecessary expenses, and save more.

Though there’s nothing wrong with only spending when you can afford it, don’t backslide and disregard your long-term financial goals.

1. Automating Your Savings

Think about what it would feel like if:

  • You woke up everyday knowing that your money is automatically going where it was supposed to.
  • You spend less time managing your finances but still dominating it.
  • You can easily pay your bills/debt and watch your savings/interest grow.

We could go on and on, but the trick here is that automating your finances helps to remove all irrational human behavior that can get in the way of accomplishing your savings goal.

2. Move Any Unspent Money To Your Savings

The whole point of budgeting is to avoid living from salary to salary.

You need to have an understanding of how much you can survive on, monthly or weekly, try to cut your expenses, stick to it and hopefully have something extra at the end.

Any extra income you have before your payday should be moved to your savings account. Then, you start another cycle of budgeting.

It might sound boring but this trick not only shows how better you are at budgeting (having extra unspent income before payday) but it better motivates you to keep the numbers increasing and cutting your expenses.

Remember: Whether you choose to budget or not, at least find out how much you’re gaining or losing every month — Save the gain.

3. Zero Your Money Out Every Evening

This might sound really elementary but it works and it’s pretty easy. You have to make a decision to zero out your unspent money every evening.

So let’s assume after a days’ work, you end your account balance with:

₦51, 600 available on your bank account.

What you should do:

Deduct the last three or four digits from each number to get a zero at the end.

For example:

N51,600 — N1,600 = 50,000 — → N1600 goes to your savings account!

As simple as this trick might be, it helps you to actually control your spending and save. Give it a try.

What are the tricks that make saving easy for you?

Let’s know your answers in the comment section below.

Have a great week!

This article originally appeared on Piggybank.ng. Follow them on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram

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WEALTH HACK: 5 Apps That Give You Free Stuff (Even Money)

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Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch was probably wrong. There are plenty of apps that will give you free stuff – everything from food (ironically beating the old saying), to money. Here are five apps that you can check out to bag some freebies.

1. Fish For Money

This fun app lets you bag a $15 gift card or get PayPal payments, if you can successfully catch a million pounds of fish.

2. Movie Money

Here’s an app that pays you to watch movies. What could be better? For every 1,200 points you earn watching movies,  you get $5 – either as Amazon gift cards or cashed out through PayPal.

Related: Shopping For Deals: 3 Things To Look Out For (And No, It’s Not Price)

3. Claim It!

If you’re residing in and around New York City, this app lets you bags LOTS of free stuff. This includes anything from movie tickets and video games, to handbags and gift cards.

4. AppBounty

If you’re someone who loves to spend time testing new apps, this app comes packed with perks. You bag anything from 500-1200 points for every app you download and test, which can later be converted to XBox Live Points or gift cards at iTunes and Amazon.

5. Cosign

This app rewards you every time you share information about the products you find. Once you tag the products and hit share, you’ll snag a 30% commission whenever a visitor clicks the link you shared. Better yet, you’ll be paid a higher commission once you’ve collected a required number of points.

 

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