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The Antidote to Regret: Kimberly Rich (Transcript)

Kimberly Rich at TEDxCoeurd’Alene

Full text of Kimberly Rich’s talk: The Antidote to Regret at TEDxCoeurd’Alene conference.

Notable quote from this talk: 

“No matter what the outcome is, action always breeds clarity. And failure is just another form of feedback.”

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TRANSCRIPT:

Kimberly Rich – Success Coach, Lifestyle Designer

Hi everyone. My name is Kimberly Rich and today I’m going to be talking with you about something that we’re all very familiar with. Yet simultaneously, we’re all trying to avoid, and that is regret.

In 1986, a group of researchers at Cornell University conducted a study to better understand how and why we experienced regret. More specifically, they wanted to know which caused greater feelings of regret, things that we did, or things that we wished we’d done.

They interviewed over 600 people in their 70’s and asked: if you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?

While 12% listed the things that they had done, things that they regretted doing, a whopping 54% described all the things that they wished they had done; all the opportunities that they had missed out on.

So why this discrepancy?

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