I Shouldn’t have a Gut Feeling

I need confidence

Adesh Acharya
4 min readJun 9, 2024


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When the mechanic drove the car to the back for inspection, I had an intuition/gut feeling that the 2014 Ford Focus I was about to purchase from a private seller with 95k kms on it had no major issues and it was just the carelessness of the seller that the car was being sold for a low price.

An hour later, when the mechanic told us that the car would need a repair worth at least 5000 dollars (way more than my cost price) just to pass the safety test, I had a voice tell me I knew that all along too.

Or that time when I was in Nepal and I was sure my boss would not send me on a business trip to India only to receive his email asking for a photo of my passport. A few days later, boarding a plane for the first time in my life, I told myself I always knew I was destined to make the trip.

I once wrote an article on Medium sure of my gut feeling that it would go viral within five hours. But over the course of a few months, I ended up writing more than a hundred ‘intuitive’ articles before realizing that the writing business doesn’t work that way.

These life-decision intuitions or gut feelings are exactly like sports betting. I put eight dollars convinced that the team would win the 2024 IPL tournament and I would get 64 in return. My gut feeling got stronger when the…