How Do You Answer a $99,000 Question?

So if you read my recent blog about how the little things can literally help you survive an avalanche, you’re keenly aware that the little things mean everything.

Here’s another example about the little things with a slightly different perspective, which centers on overconfidence and how that can cloud your judgment.

Who remembers this classic episode from The Honeymooners? Ralph Kramden, in all his haste thinking he would ace all the questions on “The $99,000 Question,” ignores the warm-up music when he’s practicing.



When it comes time for the show: Mr. Kramden, for $100, who is the composer of Swanee River?”

(…Blank stare…)

It’s a classic moment from a classic TV show that teaches a valuable lesson: Sometimes the answer to the big question is right in front of you. Brilliance can be found in stating the obvious.

Never let over-confidence get in the way of you making sound decisions.


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