Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For

Hey there!

Fallacies are everywhere. You tend to notice them when it’s more convenient or more aligned with what you already believe.

But the ones in this episode are particularly pernicious when it comes to starting or continuing a process or project.

Be careful with these.

(Click/tap ↑↑↑↑↑↑ that red YouTube button to subscribe to my channel. You’ll get notified when I release new videos.)

Hope this helps!


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

Raw YouTube Captioning

hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
man oh man the responses that I’m
getting on the fallacies and the biases
and stuff okay here are three more
things that you might want to consider
as you look at decision making as you
look at ideas that are presented to you
as you look at continuing with projects
that you’ve started or that you’re
considering starting let’s take a look
at these I gave you three last time
three more this time the first one is
the bird in the hand fallacy right the
bird in the hand fallacy is our tendency
to choose a smaller reward that we might
get sooner rather than delaying
gratification and getting a larger
reward that we might have to wait for
right so a bird in the hand worth two in
the bush that sort of thing
so it you know there are times when and
you’ve probably seen these little
experiments with toddlers where they
give them so many goldfish crackers and
they’re instructed to share them with
their friends and if they do share them
with their friends rather than eating
them which is like you know telling me
not to eat chocolate to not eat a
goldfish cracker for a toddler they’ll
get more and the question is can they
delay that gratification and when we
talk about our stuff you know would I
rather take something really easy like a
short audio book that I might make a
little bit of money from now rather than
taking on a larger project that would
take us a longer time to complete but
maybe give us more return and these
things are all over the place in life
it’s not just the projects that we take
but it’s the you know do I want to take
care of a a task that isn’t all that
glorifying or or satisfying or fun you
know sometimes it’s a little drudgery do
I want to do that just so that I can
enjoy something that I really like later
knowing that I finished that which I’ve
that which I’ve accomplished so that’s
the bird in the hand fallacy so watch
for that
also the overconfidence fallacy and I
almost didn’t include this because I
don’t want anybody to get the idea that
I’m trying to in any way shape or form
knock you down knock me down knock
anybody down but this is the fallacy
that we have that we have overconfidence
in ourselves we believe we are better
than we actually are or more likely we
believe that we know everything we need
to know to take care of any situation
and this is this makes it hard for us to
accept help from others and I’ve got a
video that I’m planning on doing coming
up on mentoring you know maybe it’s like
you know if I admit that I need help on
something then clearly I’m not a
professional or I’m not good enough to
do this so I’m just going to assume that
I am good enough to do this I can do
this I don’t need anybody’s help I’ll
take care of this myself you can never
stop learning I just got finished taking
two classes that you know I I did know a
lot about the subjects in each of the
classes and I did do well when it came
to doing the work in the classes but
there were always little tiny things
that that I was just fascinated with
that I could pick up off the ground
these little golden nuggets just lying
there just waiting for me because I was
open to the idea that I am NOT the best
in the world at this I’m pretty good and
maybe there are times when I feel like
I’m better than I actually am I you know
it happens but I am definitely open to
learning more even if it’s something
that I feel I’m expert at because you
never know there are always gonna be
people that are better than you they’re
always gonna be people that are not as
good as you but you can learn from both
ends of the spectrum with you in the
middle and then finally in this
particular video let’s talk about the
sunk cost fallacy and this one is really
hard for me because you put effort into
something you lay the groundwork you
make your plans you go and you get the
assets that you need you get the
training you need to get it taken care
of and then it doesn’t work out
it serves it’s useful life and if you
continue to do things that way you’re
not gonna get the same return that you
got throughout the course of its useful
life right it’s it’s twofold actually
it’s projects that you thought would
kick off a great deal of benefit but
they don’t but because you put so much
work in them they’re hard to let go of
right oh but I’ve spent so much time on
this I need to you know it’s like people
have certain tools that they use
software that they use processes that
they use and they’ve always used those
and they put a lot of work into learning
how to do those things and use those
things well so when another possibility
comes along it’s really hard to let go
of what you’re familiar with and what
you know and what you’ve sunk costs into
and then it’s also one of those things
where if you and again I’m gonna do a
video on this as well if you get started
in something and you can see very
clearly it’s not going to do what you
thought it was going to do that’s the
time to kill your baby that’s the time
to say okay so that you don’t have the
regret of sinking a lot of costs into
something that you thought was going to
be very fruitful but wasn’t so the
burden hand fallacy the overconfidence
fallacy and the sunk cost fallacy you
know you think about these fallacies and
you think how in the world do we ever
get anything done in a great way in a
positive and effective way with all of
these fallacies just lurking around the
corner waiting to nail us right so any
of these things ring for you any of
these things ring true for you I’ve ever
been in a situation where you’ve fallen
prey to one of these fallacies leave me
a comment below this video if you’re on
vo2 Go Go that’s where the conversation
is sane and and mediated and polite I
love that you can leave them on vo to go
go if you want to but I’d really like
you to go to vo to go go calm I’m sorry
you can use them on you can leave them
on youtube if you want to did I say that
I don’t know but we really like you to
leave them on vo to go go because that’s
where I sort of hang out and answer
and there’s a whole bunch of really
awesome stuff at vo to go go for you
that will help you learn and grow and
become more successful as a performer if
you’d like to subscribe to my youtube
channel and be notified when these
one-a-day videos come out we’re gonna do
one for the rest of the year every
single day go ahead and click on my head
there if there’s no head look for a
subscribe button somewhere on the page
if you’d like to see the latest episode
I’ve done click on that frame and
YouTube will play it for you I’m David H
Lawrence xvii thanks so much for
watching and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

2 Responses to Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For

  1. Veleka May 13, 2019 at 2:57 am #

    Re the sunk cost fallacy… I spent over $20,000 on training and equipment and sound-proofing a home studio to do audiobook narration, and I earned a grand total of $2853.75 in 2018 before I realized I had made a bad business decision. It’s so crazy because I’ve been doing voiceover since I was eight years old, and I don’t understand why I was not picked at ACX except once for a royalty share. I still don’t understand it. I listen to my own work on Audible, and I think I’m good. So if you have the time to listen to any of my clips and can advise me of what is not good about my work, I would appreciate your input.

    It’s just devastating since narrating audiobooks was how I was going to finance my writing career, and now I’m looking into proofreading and other hustles. I tell myself that despite being a professional actress who got vested in SAG by doing commercials that I was not chosen because God has other plans for me, but I don’t actually know. I’m just sad that my dream turned into ashes.

    So thanks for letting me cry on your shoulder. Who knows? Maybe I’m meant to write the Great American Novel and that’s why it turned out this way. But if I do, who will narrate it?

  2. John May 15, 2019 at 7:05 pm #

    Veleka, I am so sorry to hear your significant investment hasn’t born much fruit up to this point. I remember hearing you workout on our pro calls and thinking you sounded wonderful and would surely be in demand. It is disheartening to read the harsh reality of your experience after perceiving and having you confirm your all-in commitment financially and otherwise. I hope there is a snowball effect to the investment you’ve sown that continues to build and ultimately lead to the results you anticipated albeit in a longer time frame.

Leave a Reply