In his book Stumbling on Happiness, Harvard Professor of Psychology Daniel Gilbert describes what science tells us about how well the human brain can imagine its own future. He also shares how well we can predict which of these futures we will most enjoy.
We insist on simulating our futures in our head because our brains want to feel in control of our lives.
Did you know that we are the only animals that think about the future? Luckily, cows can just go about grazing grass without worrying where their next meal will come from.
Researchers actually counted the thought contents that float in an average person’s consciousness and found that about 12% of our daily thoughts are about the future.
But turns out, humans are a really bad predictor of our future state of emotions. We really suck at it.
This does not mean we make bad decisions. It means that when we think getting married, buying a new house or switching jobs will make us happy or satisfied, we are probably wrong about how we will feel.
So, how do we fix this? How is this related to job search and starting a new career?
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How do we predict our future state of emotions when making a decision?
It’s pretty simple. A great way to make predictions about our own emotional future is to find someone who has done what we are planning to do, and ask them how they feel.
If you are reading this, you are probably looking for a new job or transitioning between careers.
How would you know if the field you are choosing is right for you?
Talk to people who are already in the industry and ask them what they like about it, what they hate about it and how they feel daily while working.
People love to talk and share their experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out, just do it.
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