Fallacy Follies, Volume 3

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The fallacies I want to talk about today are almost humorous in nature.


They might make you chuckle when you identify how they occur in your life, but they can be debilitating to a performer.

There are three of these in today’s video for you. Then, two last fallacies in the next episode.

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All Episodes

One Step At A Time

Five Ways To Have An Excellent Coffee Date With Me

Five Ways To Have A Crappy Coffee Date With Me

Taking Advantage Of The Wisdom Of The Tribe

How To Be A World Class Complainer

The False Nobility Of The Struggle

Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change

“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”

Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating

The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired

Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!

Don’t Confuse Price With Value

Whiteboards In The Hallways

Go Wake Up Your Luck

Playing and Planning

The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon

10,000 Hours To Become Good At Something? Not Really.

The Curse of Knowledge

The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions

Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers

“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”

Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths

How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

The Problem In Every Commercial Script

The Job In Every Commercial Script

The Secret In Every Commercial Script

How To Pick Your Stage Name

Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.

Helping Make Resolutions Stick

ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly

Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?

Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”

Are You Engaged?

Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer

Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others

Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like

The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator

My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips

What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well

Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops

Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New

Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management

How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)

A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself

Ready, Shoot…Aim

How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer

How Lazy Can You Be?

Avoid The Struggle Porn

The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe

Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”

Making Your Links Irresistible

HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You

The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME

The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully

How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever

“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”

Killing Customers With Kindness

I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About

How I Answered’s Inquiry

Turning Mountains Into Molehills

Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package

Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.

The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment

I Don’t Want To Go Blind

What Fair Markets Are, And Why Isn’t One

Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness

Getting Ready vs. Getting Started

You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard

There Is No Failure, Only Feedback

Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?

73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears

If You’re The Smartest Person In The Room, Do This ASAP

Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info

One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS

The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy

The Gig Economy: RIP?

For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.

Celebrate Your Isolation!

Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought

Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap

The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism

The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds

Prioritizing…Nashville Style

Are You Committed? Or Just…Interested?

Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter

How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics

Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?

Increase Your Chances Of Being Seen And Heard On Facebook

Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr

Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?

“Young People Are Just Smarter.”

The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam

Beware Of Overkill

Laying Down The Perfect Slate

An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?

10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)

AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning

Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success

A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”

Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?

What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?

Build Your Future On Your Own Platform, Not Someone Else’s

I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy

Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily

Crowdfunding Without The Internet: Pulitzer And The Statue Of Liberty

The Amazing Power Of Recognition And Badging

Might We Have A Possible Cause For Alzheimer’s?

Why Podcasting And Radio Are Out Of Whack

Value Enthusiasm, But Value Persistence More

Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads

One Quick Question To Find Out How Important Something Actually Is

The Workflow For Producing These Videos (So Far) Part 1

Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?

Audiobook Narrators: How Paymasters Work, And The One I Recommend

Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial

American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing

Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up

Resist Oversharing. Instead, Start A Dialogue.

Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You

3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of

3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of

Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.

Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For

What’s Your Imprint?

Fallacy Follies, Volume 3

Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies

Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers

A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters

Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality

Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.

Fear Of The Unknown, Or The Day Before My Surgery

A Strange Aspect To Performing That Should Be Cause For Protest, But Isn’t

Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.

How Am I Doing? I’m Gobsmacked. That’s How Am I Doing.

Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything

Not Just Explainer Videos, But Video That Explain Things Spectacularly

Mental Floss To The Rescue: Skills You Can Pick Up On YouTube

What’s Better Than Willpower? Grit.

Regarding Apple’s App Store: Be Careful What You Wish For, Pepper

Of COURSE You Wonder What Porter’s Five Forces Are. Who Doesn’t?

Don’t Waste Your Time: Talk Shows Aren’t Meant To Be Fair

Sooner Or Later, I’m Really Going To Tick You Off

Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should

Wait, What? Audacity Records In The Background?!

Enjoy Your First Booking. Pay Close Attention To The Next Three.

Pattern Interruption And The Musicality Of Voice Over

Do You Still Have A Landline? Is It POTS? Wait, What’s POTS?

Increase Your VO Accuracy, And You’ll Increase Your VO Profits

Age Range Isn’t Really A Valid Metric For VO

What Is The Overton Window?

How To Stop Jealousy From Killing Your Progress

Even The Bible (And Game Of Thrones) Has One-Star Reviews

How Much Is Enough To Make Per Hour?

With Royalty Share Plus, ACX Makes Hybrid Stipends Official

Wait, Vices Can Be Good For Your Health?

What A Lovely Thing To Discover: Praise From CourVO

I Figured Out What I Provide: The Onboarding Performers Don’t Get

You Don’t Need Permission To Care Or Contribute

It’s Not Just You. It’s The Superstars, Too.

Do You Sometimes Think Irrationally? Maybe. Here’s How To Stop It.

The Struggle Of Announcer-y Versus Non-Announcer-y Voice Over

How My VAs Support Me And My Team

What Exactly Is “The Cloud?”

The Often “Most Difficult” Concept I Teach

Please Unsubscribe From This List. But Don’t Do This One Destructive, Lazy Thing.

Don’t Mistake The Joy Of Knowing For The Joy Of Doing

Why Giving Yourself Some Simple Homework Can Be Life-Changing

One Weird Trick I Do That Makes My Note-Taking Superhuman

The Worst Thing About The Biggest Money-Making Entertainment Category

What Can We Grab From A Schedule This Strict?

Get Better At Executing Today’s Plan By Starting Last Night

How To Create Useful, Organized Audition File Names

Where To Find Related PDFs For Audiobooks on Audible

I’m Halfway Finished. What Have You Valued Most? What Can I Do Better?

Our Digital Attention Span Is Incredibly Brief

“Serves You Right!” She Actually Has No Idea How Right.

Create A Safe Environment For Self-Improvement

Why I Use One Single Channel For Crucial Communication

The Even Cheaper AT-2020 USB Plus Microphone?

Fred Willard (and Billy West) On Quickly Creating Authentic VO Characters

Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular

On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do

How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”

One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain

Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz

10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck

Seek/Give Mentorship That’s Appropriate To The Journey

Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”

Having Fun With Headphone Volume

Please Stop Rushing To Perform

Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu

One Crazy Key To Creativity: Pure, Unadulterated Boredom

For The Sheer Joy Of It

The Most Commonly Consumed Media Is…!

What’s Dangerous For Us To Care About

Please, Clever Copywriters…Stop Using This Term

Wait, Wait…What? They Actually Listened?!

Why You Should Take The Same Classes Twice

How Your Character’s Menu Informs Your Performance Choices

What Shouldn’t Be Your Metric For VO Success

Someone Awesome Who’s Also Rising To A 365-Day Challenge

Union Or Not, Start With Union Rates

O. M. G. Look What Matt Zurbo Did!

So Where Will That Huge Facebook Fine End Up?

The Root Words of “Typecast”

Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make

Why Union Members Can Audition For Non-Union Work

200 Auditions. 1 Booking. A Ghost. Really?

I Can’t Do One Thing I’m Asked To Do Every Single Day

One Of Your Secret Weapons: Agility

Do Networking Events Make You Anxious? Let’s Fix That.

Project X Is Just About Ready. I’m A Bit Giddy.

The Difference Between Mansplaining and Advice?

Too Late, Melissa. You Already Are.

Help Me Solve A Lovely Mystery!

Speeding Up The Playback On The Audible App

Why Those Other Casting Sites Usually Aren’t Worth It

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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
got more fallacies for you today these
are really interesting because you kind
of feel a little embarrassed when you
realize that you’re you’re falling prey
to them nah not that bad but you just
kind of look at him go really seriously
and the first one I want to talk to you
about by the way will do three in this
video and then I’ve got two final ones
I’ll have fallacies right got two final
ones that I’ll do in the next video but
the first one I want to talk to you
about is called the IKEA fallacy and
what it is basically is you tend to
value things more when you’ve had a hand
in them so and it doesn’t matter what
that hand is I mean I fell prey to this
when I was very lightly involved in a
movie called you’ve got mail and it was
Tom Hanks and hmm I can’t remember her
name I’m so sorry
you’ll look it up you’ll figure it out
but anyway it was about people who got
together online it was a mid 90s late
90s and I had a very small role to play
I did some promotion stuff for them and
it was an okay movie you know it wasn’t
Tom Hanks best work but it was an okay
movie I on the other hand thought it was
the most amazing movie ever because I
had a small part to play in it in the
IKEA fallacy you tend to value things
that you’ve had a part creating or a
part even when it’s not even when it’s
not warranted you know crowdfunding and
crowdsourcing tends to do that to people
they go oh I I really like this product
even though there’s a better product or
service that’s not something that you
were involved with so that’s the IKEA
it’s called IKEA because people who go
to Ikea tend to really valuable they
value their furniture because member
sunk costs yeah they put all that time
and effort into building that bookcase
or building that bed or
whatever they bought at IKEA and so it’s
great because they had a hand in doing
it so that’s the IKEA fallacy
then there’s the hindsight fallacy and
these last two fallacies are actually
related but they’re they’re different
and the indifference is important the
hindsight fallacy is our tendency to
look at things that have happened in the
past as something we could have
predicted you know I knew it all along
but we didn’t but we could have but we
didn’t but we could have
but we didn’t but we could have we
oversimplify those things in terms of
cause and effect because hey we should
have known better right we should have
known that that was gonna happen and I
don’t want to be embarrassed in thinking
I didn’t know that that was gonna happen
cuz that’s kind of obvious in hindsight
that’s why it’s called the hindsight
fallacy right so when you look back at
something and you go yeah well any dummy
could have known that so think about how
it effects your decision-making when
dealing with similar issues that are
current or in the future and then kind
of akin to that but different than that
is the choice supportive fallacy and the
choice supportive fallacy isn’t I would
anybody would have known that I could
have known that but you did know that
and so because you did know something
about that situation the choice that you
made there is the choice that you may
make in the future even though it’s not
the best one right we will promote and
give value to the choices we made that
turned out to be good and I mean a
simple example of this is you know you
flip a coin and you think while it’s in
the air that’s gonna be heads and it was
heads well would you say in the future
if you flip the coin that you should go
with heads I mean there are people that
believe heads come up more often than
tails which is kind of nutty but yeah
you know so we promote our choices and
on the opposite side we tend to minimize
or negate or poopoo or you know
castigate those choices that we didn’t
make and who would make that choice
really come on now because you made the
other choice right and usually it’s
binary choices involved here but it
could be more than more than two choices
so there you go you got the idea fallacy
let people value things that they’ve
been involved with more than they might
otherwise the hindsight fallacy Oh
anybody would have known that of course
I yeah absolutely and then the choice
supportive fallacy well I picked this
before so I’m gonna pick this again
so those are the three family two more
in the next video it’s like I like
collecting these things when I was a kid
my dad was a was a truck driver and one
of the things that I remember that was
nice about him being a truck driver is
he would go out on the road he was an
over-the-road truck driver you be gone
for three or four days at a time and
when he would stop at rest stops or
diners to eat he would ask the waitress
for a clean you know paper placemat
right they always had paper place mats
with goofy stuff on it you know there
were puzzles or there was you know the
local you know something about the
restaurant maybe it was the menu of the
restaurant anyway and he would bring
them home and he was careful not to fold
them and I collected them I remember
having books filled with these these
now I’m not collecting placemats now I’m
collecting fallacies okay if you can
remember when any of these three
fallacies played a role in something you
had to deal with or maybe you identify
with that oh yeah I really think my my
my bookcase my couch my way I put it
together myself so it’s really good you
know I don’t know I don’t wait but if
there’s something that you’d like to
comment on I’d love for you to make a
comment below if you’re watching
anywhere but on video to go go comm go
over there and make the comment because
over there
it’s sane and nice I just saw a youtube
video that had hundreds of comments and
man talk about not montón not one of
mine another one and I was thinking wow
this is like this is like a magnet for
haters and I you know I’m so glad that I
sort of steer people away from that over
to the the vo to gogo website you know
so you know go there the the
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4 Responses to Fallacy Follies, Volume 3

  1. Hana May 13, 2019 at 8:41 am #

    Okay, You’ve Got Mail IS one of the best movies ever.

    But boy do I relate to those last 2.

  2. Mike Russo May 13, 2019 at 10:59 am #


  3. Chris Buckner May 13, 2019 at 11:23 am #

    I don’t know if this is relevant, but this video made me think of how I loved a certain movie when it came out, but over time I decided that it was really bad. I wanted to like the movie so much when it came out that I was predisposed to like it, but then when I was no longer excited about it coming out, I slowly looked at the movie through a different lens until I realized just how bad it was. Thanks for the video David.

  4. Stephanie May 13, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

    I love Ikea so this made total sense to me. If you had a hand in making something it becomes more important to you. Meg Ryan was the lead female in “You’ve Got Mail”. She is really down to earth and sweet. I had a small role in a movie with her years ago. I thought it was a great movie because I had a hand in it. Plus, it was a fantastic experience. I’ll always love Kate & Leopold because of it.

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