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When’s the last time you followed your instinct despite not being sure it was the right thing to do? Did it end up being the right call?

Gut feelings should always be taken into consideration, and I use them in my decision-making. They don’t always win. I have to assess the feeling — is it a prejudice, bias, a dislike of someone or something that is affecting my actions, or just a gut instinct?

One such decision almost got me into trouble: a couple of years ago I went to a meeting with “our” stockbroker or funds manager (makes it sound grander than it is). Normally this is my husband’s domain, and I trust his judgment. During the meeting we were advised to change out one of our stocks for something else, and were presented with a couple of choices: one of them was Apple. With little hesitation I said “Apple”, and my husband, somewhat reluctantly, went along with that. (Believe me, he wouldn’t have if he didn’t agree. He has the last word in many things.)

It was shortly after the death of co-founder Steve Jobs, but I had faith that the company was not just gleaning his talent — that the assembled minds at Apple would continue to create innovative products.  I also knew that the whole operating system was superior to Windows, more intuitive, and was preferable for creative output. It has always had faithful followers, and often, once people switch to a Mac or I-phone, they’ll never go back to what they were using before. So my support for Apple wasn’t just a knee-jerk reaction; I did have some sound reasons, despite my apparent haste in choosing it.

Unfortunately, for me, the stock lost value for perhaps up to a year, then rebounded and has done nicely since. I took some heat for that, but am now vindicated.

Now, I just wish I had the money to spend on a Mac; PC’s are always cheaper, and I can’t justify spending the money for one! Irony, I think.

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