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Summary

Through a blend of compelling exercises and stories, the best-selling author of Thinking in Bets will train you to combat your own biases, address your weaknesses, and help you become a better and more confident decision-maker.

What do you do when you're faced with a big decision? If you're like most people, you probably make a pro and con list, spend a lot of time obsessing about decisions that didn't work out, get caught in analysis paralysis, endlessly seek other people's opinions to find just that little bit of extra information that might make you sure, and finally go with your gut. 

What if there was a better way to make quality decisions so you can think clearly, feel more confident, second-guess yourself less, and ultimately be more decisive and be more productive? 

Making good decisions doesn't have to be a series of endless guesswork. Rather, it's a teachable skill that anyone can sharpen. In How to Decide, best-selling author Annie Duke and former professional poker player lays out a series of tools anyone can use to make better decisions. You'll learn:

  • To identify and dismantle hidden biases.
  • To extract the highest quality feedback from those whose advice you seek.
  • To more accurately identify the influence of luck in the outcome of your decisions.
  • When to decide fast, when to decide slow, and when to decide in advance.
  • To make decisions that more effectively help you to realize your goals and live your values.

Through interactive exercises and engaging thought experiments, this audiobook helps you analyze key decisions you've made in the past and troubleshoot those you're making in the future. Whether you're picking investments, evaluating a job offer, or trying to figure out your romantic life, How to Decide is the key to happier outcomes and fewer regrets. 

This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of interactive exercises and engaging thought experiments. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Annie Duke (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"How to Decide is a delightful, practical guide to making better decisions in a complex world. Annie Duke explains exactly how to cut through the biases that prevent most of us from making wise choices and offers readers a toolkit for learning from the past and tackling the future in an uncertain world. I look forward to assigning this book to my Wharton students for many years to come.” (Katy Milkman, Professor at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and host of the Choiceology podcast)

"This is a vitally important book. Simple, powerful and generous, it should be required reading." (Seth Godin, author of This is Marketing

"Annie Duke gives you the tools you need and tells you how to use them effectively. Smart and practical, How to Decide is the best user's guide to decision-making that you'll find." (Michael J. Mauboussin, author of The Success Equation)  

"What a phenomenal achievement! Written with zest, flair, and compassion, it's a ton of fun, and it's also packed with original ideas." (Cass R. Sunstein, author of How Change Happens)  

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Painfully repetitive and void

First three chapters had one or two good ideas/concepts covered by a succession of repetitive examples making the same point over and over -there was a passage with over 6 examples, read one after the other. In chapter 3, she was still quoting an example from chapter one. I couldn’t finish it.

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A reliable system to make decisions.

Some thoughtful and insightful tools and techniques to help make better, repeatable decisions based more on evidence and give you a structure to learn and review.

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  • chris boutte
  • 31-10-20

An amazing book for making better decisions

On my Twitter account, I asked how many people have trouble making decisions, and over 50% of people said yes.  I fell in love with Annie Duke's work after I read her last book Thinking in Bets, and I've been eagerly waiting for this book to come out for months. Annie is a former professional poker player who also studies psychology, so her perspective is extremely unique. At first, when I started reading this book, it felt like a lot of repeat information from her previous book, but I was extremely wrong. Annie not only presents a lot of new information, but she provides practical examples of when and how we make decisions, and the physical copy of the book comes with a lot of different exercises to try out.  Recently, I became interested in risk assessment, and it blends perfectly with learning about how to make better decisions. We make hundreds of small decisions a day, and there are opportunity costs to most of them. Then, we have to make bigger decisions about job changes and relationships, which can be extremely stressful. Annie sets the foundation by explaining how we don't have control over the results, but we have a lot of strategies we can use to make the best decisions possible.

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  • Jerry Fletcher
  • 24-11-20

A lot of useless fluff

If she gives the listener permission one more time to stop and take notes, I’m gonna throw my phone out the window. Here’s the WHOLE book: making a good decision is about odds, not outcome. Just like in poker. Add hours and hours of blabbing on and on to the above and you have this book.

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  • Bookworm in PA
  • 16-11-20

Excellent book! Fascinating content.

I easily finish the book. The performance by the author as a narrator is excellent. Very thought-provoking.

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  • Julian G.
  • 27-11-20

Go Slow to Go Fast

I'll start by saying I'm a fan of Annie Duke. Listened to Thinking In Bets and currently have her poker book in my library although it's taking me some time to get through it (and actually start playing poker). That said, this book is a great thinking methods book. For someone looking for a quick process, the book may disappointment, but I think over time, one internalizes the steps and intuitively becomes a better deciderer...lol I'm a fan of poker books, especially the memoire style ones that translates poker lessons into real life. I know it's become a little cliche, but I tend to pay attention to the cliff notes because good poker players are generally good thinkers, and we all need to be better thinkers in all parts of our lives. This book is in that genre without overtly being it. Annie only mentions one or two poker terms like tilt. Which is cool because knowing nothing of poker or that she is a poker star doesn't get in the way of these great skills she gives in the book. Annie's voice is sometimes an acquired taste, but as I led with, I'm a fan!

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  • Juan Martinez
  • 16-11-20

Great book...BUT

Great book BUT I struggled with the barrage of labels and redundant use of them.