This is something i’ve been noticing for a while now, but i’ve been reminded of it since we’re voting for a mayor over here in a bit.
Whenever a politician running for some office is interviewed, the interviewer may ask them what they’ll do if they don’t win, or if they’ll run again if they don’t win. And the response is always the same; “I’m convinced I will win, my platform is excellent, yada yada”. Is there some reason that they never actually say what they might do? Is there some psychological trick that means admitting the possibility they may lose will mean people won’t vote for them?
But I walked into my medical-school interviews with a solid plan for what to do next year if I don’t get in, and I don’t consider that a weakness. I think it made me less nervous (after all, even if I flubbed it, I have something to do next year) and more sane than a number of my friends who had no plans last year and were left in the lurch by their overconfidence.