I was surprised that I could still play tennis straight for three hours. That was unbelievable of me yesterday. I could not remember what food I ate that gave me that energy and stamina to play.
As expected (not a surprise anymore), right after arriving home, I was back to my normal state and age. I was very tired. I wanted to sleep immediately but I could not.
The thing with a not too young person like me (my life already began few years back) is that when you are tired, it takes more time before you get to sleep. Unlike when you are still young, once your body hits the bed, your system turns off immediately and you are off to a blissful sleep.
Being the case and as if this modern world has every possible (or alternative) solution to your earthly problem, I had the chance to watch the Kapamilya Deal or No Deal show hosted by Kris Aquino through the ABS–CBN’s The Filipino Channel. The contestant was Amy Perez, a Filipina celebrity (an actress, TV host, whatever).
I will not say something about the show. What I will discuss here is the way people react on a very crucial situation where the world is too noisy offering their decisions aloud and how an individual decides using one’s emotion rather than tapping the uncommon common sense – in this case, to take the deal or no deal at all.
At the last part of the show, Amy Perez was offered an amount of PHP501,000 by The Banker against her chances to win either one of the last two remaining brief cases containing PHP300 and PHP1,000,00 prize.
To make the story short without describing the pressure that Amy took during those final moment, she opted to take her chances because as she said, the briefcase she chose early in the show was his son’s choice. As it turned out, the briefcase contained PHP300 only.
Points of consideration or common sense pegs:
Pay-off – High: PHP1, 000,000.00
Pay-off – Low: PHP300.00
The Risk/Gain%: 50:50
The Cost: PHP501,000.00
Putting the above figures in simple terms, it was safe to say that at that time, before Amy Perez decided to go with the “no deal” option, The Banker bought her 50/50 chances of winning the PHP300 or PHP1,000,000 prize with an offer of PHP501,000, the cost
In short, Amy Perez gambled her PHP501,000 for a chance to win PHP1, 000,000 or PHP300 when she went for a “No Deal” option. Using simple formula, it would look like this: PHP501,000 = PHP300 and PHP501,000 =PHP1,000,000.
To make this more interesting, here is my simple risk/gain analysis:
The difference between PHP300 and PHP501,000 is PHP500,700 (the risk) while the difference between PHP1,000,000 and PHP501,000 is PHP499,000 (the gain).
This means that Amy Perez risked PHP500,700 to gain PHP499,000. The factor that affected her decision was her emotion (his son’s choice) rather than common sense.
As we live in the noisy world like ours, we are sometimes ruled by our emotion or by the noises that other people make. As pressure mounts, we always fail to use our common sense. We do not realize that it is our best weapon and our strength
Most often than not, our problem is that we always leave our common sense somewhere (sometimes under our sole). At the end, we feel sorry for our decision.
My simple advice, each day as you live in this world, always bring your common sense with you. Chances are you may be asked, deal or no deal.
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