Commandment #2: Preference, Not Binary

Dan Nicholson

What do you do when you encounter a question with no clear answer? More importantly, what if you were to find out that there are far fewer “right” answers than you thought–and that that’s a good thing?

On this episode of the Rigging the Game podcast, Dan digs into commandment number two, or understanding the difference between preference and a binary view of right and wrong.

He breaks down the freedom that comes with a world based on your preferences, recommendations to help you avoid a guilt spiral as you navigate preference-based questions, and how to recognize and push through the peaks and valleys of all your endeavors. Listen in for a perspective-shifting look at how we answer life’s most important questions.

Key Takeaways

  • Why starting any question with “Should I?” puts you at a disadvantage.
  • How the willingness to change your mind gets you closer to your goals and priorities.
  • What you need to acknowledge about yourself to progress past “fake guru” status.

Favorite Quote

“We tend to view the world as if there's just a right and wrong in almost everything that we're dealing with. But the reality is that most of the questions that we're asking ourselves about business and life are not right and wrong. It's a preference… It depends on what you want.”


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Dan Nicholson is the author of “Rigging the Game: How to Achieve Financial Certainty, Navigate Risk and Make Money on Your Own Terms,” deemed a best-seller by USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to founding the award-winning accounting and financial consulting firm Nth Degree CPAs, Dan has created and run multiple small businesses, including Certainty U and the Certified Certainty Advisor program.

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