Have you ever been so focused on something, you completely missed an obvious detail or opportunity that was occurring at the same time?

It is a useful skill to be able to pay close attention to something, but it is amazing what can we miss because of selective attention.  For a hilarious example of this, watch the clip above (Simons & Chabris, 1999) and follow the instructions:

For people who have not seen or heard of this experiment before, about 50% miss the irrelevant but obvious detail when they watch the clip.

When it comes to your personal finances, have you ever been so focused on one area of your money management that you neglected something else that was right under your nose?

(You won’t understand this question unless you have watched the clip, but): What is your financial gorilla?  What component of your personal finances are you missing because you are overly focused on another aspect?

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