How Do You Answer a $99,000 Question?


by Brandon Steiner August 09, 2015 0 Comments

So if you read my recent blog about how the little things can literally help you survive an avalanche, you’re keenly aware that the little things mean everything.

Here’s another example about the little things with a slightly different perspective, which centers on overconfidence and how that can cloud your judgment.

Who remembers this classic episode from The Honeymooners? Ralph Kramden, in all his haste thinking he would ace all the questions on “The $99,000 Question,” ignores the warm-up music when he’s practicing.

 

When it comes time for the show: Mr. Kramden, for $100, who is the composer of Swanee River?”

(…Blank stare…)

It’s a classic moment from a classic TV show that teaches a valuable lesson: Sometimes the answer to the big question is right in front of you. Brilliance can be found in stating the obvious.

Never let over-confidence get in the way of you making sound decisions.




Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner

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Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.




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