Everyone does it.
Everyone lets their prejudices into their thought processes. Both the conscious and the unconscious prejudices.
It’s human nature.
Do not worry.
Remember … you are your assumptions.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. At least not forever and for everything. You can take a proactive role in finding ways to evaluate, understand, and possibly change your assumptions.
Because your career can depend on it. Bias is present in everything we do. Being aware of our prejudices is an important step in understanding ourselves and how we can be more productive, engaged, and effective in everything we do.
In the Michael Lewis book “The Undoing Project,” which examines the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky in the 1970s, they identify the underlying thinking and processes that enable cognitive foundations and common human reasoning errors that can occur result from heuristics and prejudices.
I won’t go over the whole book here again. You should take the time to read it (or if you wait a bit it will soon be a movie).
My main takeaway from the book was the relationship between Amos and Danny (as they were mentioned multiple times in the book) and how they pushed each other to test their assumptions. You have pioneered the way the human mind says and how our prejudices can lead us to make decisions that may not be in our best interests.
Remember, you are your assumptions.
But you can also customize them. Maybe not permanently, but enough to reflect on challenges in new and different ways.
This could be the spark of the next great innovation. Even if it isn’t a world changing innovation, it may just be another way for you to stand out in your career.
Put simply … you should check your assumptions often. Your work will be better for it.