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8 times Sherlock Holmes was right about business

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Scrolling through some quotes, he almost seems hewn from the same tree as Richard Branson and Elon Musk.

“It was easier to know it than to explain why I know it”

We shouldn’t doubt the importance of intuition, of knowing something before you can really vocalise what it is. However, as you’ll see, intuition can often be confounded with ignorance.

“It is a capital mistake to theorise before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.”

We can’t rely on intuition alone.

“I never guess. It is a shocking habit — destructive to the logical faculty.” 

…And we should never, ever guess.

“The little things are infinitely the most important.”

Small signs are important because we often miss them. A wrong number here; a seemingly insignificant deadline missed – it adds up.

“Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.”

Paraphrasing a better known phrase, ‘the devil’s in the detail’: if no problem is immediately apparent, you’re not looking hard enough.

“We balance probabilities and choose the most likely. It is the scientific use of the imagination.”

When no scientific method of evaluation is possible: weigh up all the possibilities, and go with the one which seems to promise success the most.

“Come at once if convenient — if inconvenient come all the same.”

Sometimes, it’s necessary to be forceful.

“Everything in this world is relative, my dear Watson.”

… and nothing is unitary. Everything is connected.

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