|Overview: Fait Accompli|
An action that can't be undone.
What is Fait Accompli?
John Spacey, updated on July 23, 2023
Fait accompli is a French term that can be translated "accomplished deed." It is used to denote an action that can't be undone. For example, if you quit your job in a calm and professional manner there might be a way to undo the decision. However, if you do it in a dramatic or unprofessional way it can be considered fait accompli. In some cases, fait accompli is done as a deliberate strategy to prevent oneself from going back on a decision. Knowing that you can't go back may also improve motivation. Such techniques have obvious risks and are typically an overly expensive way to improve motivation.
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