Don’t be Guided by Polls about YOU

Don’t worry; this blog isn’t just about the Presidential election.  It’s about you.  You’ll understand, if you read through to the end.

Let’s start with the election, though—the one in 2016.  All the polls were wrong about Donald Trump’s Presidential aspirations, right up until he was elected.  You remember how shocked the television anchors looked, right?  Megyn Kelly looked like someone had just told her that the earth wasn’t really round, after all.  Over at MSNBC, CNN, ABC and CBS, to mention just a handful of the Trump naysayers, they were so stunned that they couldn’t come up with anything pithy to say, at all.  But that’s beside the point.

The point is that Trump never let the polls dictate where he campaigned.  He wasn’t supposed to have a chance in Michigan or Wisconsin or Pennsylvania.  But he went there anyhow, again and again.  He believed that blue collar Americans might well decide for themselves that his was the more powerful vision of the future.  He believed it.  He felt it in his gut.  So, he acted on his intuition and, when appropriate, that of his top advisors.

See, polls aren’t really unbiased.  The questions that are asked and the particular sample of the population who answer them (or don’t) determine quite a lot about the results.

Now, about you:  You may not be running for office, but there are informal polls being conducted all the time about things you care about in your life.  Maybe people at work get informally polled about whether the new venture will succeed, then someone tells you, “Most people think we’re barking up the wrong tree.”  Maybe your friends tell you, “I just don’t think you have a chance with him; he’s still hung up on his ex-girlfriend.”  Maybe a group of potential investors seem mostly to agree that another hotel just can’t make it in town.  Maybe a focus group agrees.

As Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

You should never forget your gift.  If you consider the data, and your heart still tells you something different, then listen to your heart.  Own your power.

Dr. Keith Ablow



This blog is adapted from TRUMP YOUR LIFE, written by Dr. Ablow and Christian Josi and available on

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