E4: Are You A Maximizer or a Satisficer?

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Listen to the full episode on iTunes (and please leave a rating to help the podcast reach more people): E4 – Are You A Maximizer or a Satisficer?

  • Knowing yourself and understanding history are becoming increasingly important future skills.
  • These things will enhance your pattern recognition.
  • Maximizer: Perfectionist by nature.
  • The biggest weakness of a maximizer or perfectionist: Procastrination and missing deadlines.
  • Satisficer: Finish a project when it’s just good enough and never miss deadlines.
  • The biggest weakness of a satisficer: Will miss details and cannot do very deep work.
  • Research about procastrination as it relates to a maximizer: It’s not necessarily a bad thing. You will consider new alternatives and find more optimal solutions.
  • Book example: Satisficer will just put out the book. Maximizer will miss the deadline by 1 year.
  • Maximizer will often put all effort into 1 thing and specialize. I.e. olympic gold medalists and Nobel prize winners. True mastery.
  • Downside of maximizing: if you don’t specialize in the right thing you miss a lot of good opportunities.
  • Are these personality traits? On the one hand they’re personality traits.
  • On the other hand, you can be a maximizer in some areas of life and a satisficer in other areas.
  • Example: you can be a Maximizer in regards to your family but a Satisficer when picking a meal in a restaurant.
  • Where are you on the spectrum in general?
  • Whats your main tendency?
  • Personality traits can change as you grow older.
  • Mikael Syding: Changed from Maximizer to Satisficer. Perhaps because he became lazy after retiring?
  • When you identify your type try to push into the opposite area to see how it feels.
  • Take a walk and reflect on this. Best to do this with a friend.
  • Silicon valley tech companies are moving into satisficing: Now they don’t make beta release anymore. They just put stuff out then refine based on client feedback.
  • If you’re a Maximizer: Be careful about what you choose to do. Manage your Biological Prime Time (BPT) better.

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* Why decision making? Because better decisions and risk management equal better finances, better relationships and an overall better life.
* Why the 4 Capitals? Because most people are deficient in at least one of them, but can easily build the others if already high in another.


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