In this mini-episode, I chat with Renata Salecl, a Slovenian philosopher, sociologist, and author of the excellent book The Tyranny of Choice — a slim volume that completely changed the way I think about decision-making.

We talk about how our focus on individualism and consumerism drives us to obsess over every little decision we make. And how embracing the role of chance in our lives can help us let go of that anxiety and be more creative.

Key takeaways from our conversation:

  • How to let go of the idea that you can make the perfect choice
  • Why chance and surprise are a necessary part of the decision-making process
  • How spending too much time on consumer choices can drain away your creative energy

026: Renata Salecl – The Tyranny of Choice • Hurry Slowly