For becoming good swimmers, we require a good body to develop. This is not a fact but it’s a result of good swimming. Female models advertise cosmetics and thus, many female consumers believe that these products make them beautiful. But it is not the cosmetics that make these women model-like.
Whenever we confuse selection factors with results, we fall under swimmers body illusions. When it’s talking about top graduate schools then Harvard, Oxford, MIT, IIM comes on top and it is considered that pass out from those colleges will give huge success in professional life but is it true always? It may be possible that they give admission to already bright students so they do well and get a good professional life.
Investment – Mr Buffett has made wealth through moat investment so we all chase his style without knowing that it will suit us or not, without knowing that Mr Buffett also owns world’s largest insurance company which generates good float for him to invest.
So, when we stuck under such situations, we should write down what confusing us then invert that problem. In investment, people believe that high dividend-paying companies are good. But we should understand that the company is good because it can able to generate cash which is excess after investing in all business requirements so that the company can able to pay a higher dividend. Whenever any outcome or information we received, we need to always ask a question on how that outcome has resulted. We need to understand why some companies are successful and why some not rather using any thumb rules.
This entire series will be review with various examples from books which are “Thinking, Fast and Slow” and “The Art of Thinking Clearly“.