Obvious is Probably Right 

If it’s obvious, it’s probably right. 

I said this as I passed out exams every time I gave one in the eleven years I taught college students. 

As a student, I hated tricky exams with vague questions and best or least worst answers. I vowed not to do that as an instructor. So, I wanted students to understand that if they knew the material and the answer seemed obvious, it wasn’t a trick…it was probably the right answer. 

Isn’t proactive, strategic behavior the same? Isn’t effective productivity the same, too?  

If effective strategy and productivity depend on identifying desired outcomes and the next actions to achieve them, then if the answer seems obvious (i.e. what action to take next to advance this outcome?), it’s probably right! 

No point in overcomplicating this. That would be antithetical to this advice.  

An interesting key to life: the universe is not out to trick us. If it’s obvious, it’s probably right.  

Take the hint, and act. 


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Craig A. Escamilla
Craig A. Escamilla
Craig Escamilla helps you find solutions before problems exist. With fifteen years of consulting, teaching, and senior management experience, Craig brings a wealth of practical expertise to helping others work on rather than in their businesses.

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