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Who Wants To Be a Non-Loser

by Priska Neely
Jul 19, 2011

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On yesterday's show about getting a job after long-term unemployment, we spoke with Kate Kobs. She landed a job after more than two years of unemployment. She got the job, in part, by getting employers' attention with this fun fact: she won $50,000 on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.

And that's not the only smart thing she did. She also walked away.

In the video, you see that when she was faced with a $100,000 question that stumped her, she took the 50K and ran.

Sure, she could have kept going. With a 25 percent shot, maybe she could have lucked out. But at the time, that $50,000 was worth a lot more than a possibility.

I always wonder what I would do in this situation. Most likely, I would just hyperventilate and pass out before the first question. Or, choose option E (which does not exist).

If you take a look at some of the more embarrassing moments on the show, you'll see that standing firm and walking away is much better than some alternatives. Forgetting the rules and walking away with nothing or taking too much time to decide and walking away with nothing, are not better options.

I think it is also better than being flirtatious with the host to the point that she cannot do her job. Though, that guy did win more money.

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