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The “Obvious” Scale

September 16, 2013

Any time you are considering giving feedback, advice, or criticism, take a moment to rate how obvious you think it is. Ten is tautological (blindingly obvious), one is utterly profound (extremely non-obvious). In general obviousness is inversely proportional to value. A good rule of thumb is to keep it to yourself unless it’s five or below.

On the other side, the relationship reverses. The more obvious something is AFTER you point it out, the more valuable it is. The most Earth-shattering insights are those that are initially ones but transform into tens in hindsight.


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