Dr. Daniel Crosby was recommended as a true WELLth guest by a senior colleague at Brighton Jones who had heard him deliver a riveting speech at a major industry conference. Once I researched his professional credentials and accomplishments, I knew right away he’d have some excellent insights for true WELLth listeners.
In the course of setting up our interview, I came to know Dr. Crosby a bit better on a personal level and found him an absolute delight. His passion for his topic of research shines bright and draws you in. The same goes for his kind heart and repeated examples of small human kindness (read: when I had to reschedule our taping not once, but twice!).
What I loved about this episode was Dr. Crosby’s transparent, blunt, and evidence-based observations about human nature. Most of us have been told over and over (and over!) that life is a journey, enjoy the ride. But Dr. Crosby takes us behind that statement by describing what is going on in our heads that produces the feeling of contentment, particularly when it comes to money and status so elusive.
I also found profound personal truth in his discussion about the “knowing-doing” gap and find myself referring back to that notion frequently as I try to implement some of my personal goals. Examples include going to bed no later than 10 p.m., working in intense 90-minute blocks with all digital devices turned off, scheduling sacrosanct time for both daily rest and recovery and “digital detox” vacations. So far, I’ve been a #TotalFail on the last two, but merely being aware of the brain science behind the knowing-doing gap helps me #BeginAgain each day with trying to take baby steps toward ingraining these new habits.
Listeners to this podcast come from all ages, income levels, and work situations. But I would be shocked if you didn’t find at least one nugget of gold in this episode that inspires you to make a change in the way you think or act.
Manisha’s Top Takeaways
- Loss aversion is at odds, in many ways, with modern life.
Daniel Crosby shared the fascinating conclusion that our tendency for loss aversion when it comes to investing is not a sign of weakness; instead, it’s an evolutionary strength that kept us alive as a species. Alas, our brains have not had an “upgrade” in thousands of years and are not equipped to deal with many of the complexities of modern life. When it comes to money, you can mitigate this challenge through the twin tools of automating and outsourcing your finances. [10:00]
- The real value of financial advisors
When it comes to improving your financial wellbeing, the real value of a financial advisor comes not in trying to help you find the hot new investment but rather by keeping you in your primal brain from making a handful of catastrophic financial decisions or errors from which you’ll never be able to recover [16:30]
- Embrace imperfections
A great weight is lifted when you make peace with the understanding that just like every other human out there, you have flaws. What’s more, Dr. Crosby posits that only when you acknowledge that you are remarkably ordinary can you quiet your ego enough to craft anything truly unique. [3:00]
Other Major Topics
- What the “knowing-doing” gap is and how it is likely hurting you [5:00]
- Why buying a large house is one of the worst investments in your overall happiness [11:45]
- The four key traits of “investor stupidity” and how to protect yourself from them [14:15]
Resources Cited in the Episode
- Dr. Daniel Crosby’s website and TEDx talk
- Books by Dr. Crosby: The Behavioral Investor and The Laws of Wealth
- Other books: Lost Connections by Johann Hari and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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