Why 3 is more effective than 2 in your decision making?
If you want to make better decisions , continue reading. In addition you will learn more about quantum computing.
What’s the link?
In the classical computers, all the information is stored in a series of “0” and “1”. It’s a binary world. A bit is a result of such a state.
A bit can only have two values: either 0 or 1.
And generally information is stored in a series of 8 bits, called a byte.
A classical computer solves lots of problems by using addition and multiplication of bits of information.
To solve more complex problems, a classical computer will do iterations.
An iteration is done in a serie of two steps:
- Making an assumption
- Verify if your assumption:
- If the assumption is true, you stop the iteration.
- If the assumption is false, you make a new assumption and start over.
To solve complex physical problems, a classical computer would need a huge amount of time to iterate through many hypotheses and to eventually find the right answer.
This is where quantum computers are interesting because they use new type of bits called Qubits.
A Qubit is a quantum bit.
A Qubit does not have two states like bits: 0 or 1
A Qubit does have 3 states: 0 or 1 or a mix between 0 or 1.
And this is why Qubits and quantum computing are huge!
If you find this confusing, I invite you to watch the TED talk below: A beginner’s guide to quantum computing | Shohini Ghose:
Did you watch the video? Sure?
Let’s make the link with decision making.
At a young age, I was raised in a country, namely Senegal, an African country where most people are obviously black and the majority of them are muslims even if we are a secular country.
I was always offered 2 options to view my world for everything.
There are muslims and others.
There are black people and others.
There are the rich and others.
And the list goes on.
Basically I was raised with dichotomy goggles.
I had to see everything only in two colors: Black or White.
I can understand the advantage of this approach for the survival of my ancestors in the caves. They had to assess very quickly every event with either fight or flight actions. This was a very efficient way to view the threats around them and was key to our survival as species.
We have come so far since then and we are still using our primal brain today in our decision making.
We are processing each decision as a classical computer processes bits: 0 or 1, “bad” or “good”.
This approach can be efficient in most cases and saves us a lot of brain power to do other activities.
However there are some situations where this approach is not always the most efficient one.
One situation that exemplifies it is the negotiation area.
As explained by Chris Voss, the author of “Never Split The Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it”, in our life, we are constantly in a negotiation situation, be it with our loved ones, our bosses, our kids or even the strangers we meet out there.
Often in negotiations, you are always presented with two choices by the other party. And more than that, those 2 options are tailored that no matter which one you choose, the other party will win somehow.
I am not saying that this kind of deal is a “good” or a “bad” deal.
What I am suggesting is that you always approach negotiations and life in general as a quantum computing mindset.
What do I mean by that?
I mean that you should not always accept the 2 options that are “offered” to you by your boss, your partner, your employer as the only options available out there.
Use your Qubit mind to always derive a 3rd option combining at some point the 2 initial ones.
In approaching your decision making process like that, you will always come up with novel solutions that will benefit both parties. In the long run, you will develop a Qubit mindset and multiply your possibilities as an infinite machine instead of a finite binary machine.
This is the approach that I am applying now in my decision making. When somebody offers me 2 options, my Qubit processor quicks in and comes up, always, with a 3rd option.
I moved from a black and white palette of colors to a full infinite rainbow painting of my world.
And I feel more in charge of my life and my destiny.
What is your decision making process?
What are the most efficient ways to decide from your perspectives?
What kind of palette do you use and why?
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