Back from last weeks nostalgic soon to be series of poker philosophy and this week introducing a new series again:
This series will be more of a quick post venture in the future, as I use these posts as a pretext to sort random stuff out in my head.
I think I got the inspiration to start a list of top 3’s when asked what my favourite movies were. Not an uncommon question I might presume. The thing is that I am quite a movie freak and with many, many movies I have had the spontaneous reaction that this has to belong to my top 3(5,10, etc.). So many movies have gained that reaction that when I thought about my favourite movies, the list was considerably overpopulated.
At that point I realized that I need to sort things out. I thought long and hard and finally came up with it:
2. Lord of the Rings Trilogy( Yes, trilogy. Because when you want to watch LotR, you go for the marathon every time.)
And I won’t even do honourable mentions or top 5 or 10, because then I could not stop. The human mind works better, when there are less aspects to concentrate on.(*) So when thinking about important thoughts or just thoughts, it is better to keep it as clear as you can.
Now, what I learned from that concentrated list making was that:
1.It was harder than one might think
2. It was fun
3. The act itself is very useful as you discover a lot about yourself
And because I saw so much good coming out of only one list of three, I decided to start questioning myself about 3’s in other matters. It is a really fun way to get to know yourself. And for a real life example, if you are, for instance, at a job interview, you are bound to leave a very good impression to a potential employer, when he asks something about yourself and you already have a top 3 answer waiting to be unleashed at moments notice. No awkward silence.
So, without further ado, my own answer. Without these 3, I have found that people tend to stay in the “acquaintance” compartment:
Be sure to think about this question yourself and maybe even let others know in the comments.
Stay classy, San Diego.
(*) And many other interesting ways to make yourself more effective and see how people act irrationally in a great book by James Montier, „The Little Book of Behavioral Investing“