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How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices Paperback – Illustrated, Oct. 13 2020
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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, bestselling 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 book 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.
From the Publisher
--Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
"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
"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
"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
"This is a vitally important book. Simple, powerful and generous, it should be required reading."
--Seth Godin, author of This is Marketing
“No one could explain the process of high-stakes decision-making better than Annie Duke, or make it as entertaining and insightful as How to Decide. The first decision you should make is to read this book immediately!”
--Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster and author of Winter is Coming
"How to Decide is the perfect guide to decision making that you didn't even know you needed. Clear, engaging, and thought-provoking, it forces even those of us to re-examine our thought processes and question the innermost workings of our minds."
--Maria Konnikova, author of The Biggest Bluff
“Many books teach us why we make bad choices. Few help us make better ones. At long last, Annie Duke has tackled that problem. Her handbook for decision-making isn’t just evidence-based and practical—it’s fun too.”
--Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
“You can’t learn how to ride a bicycle by reading physics textbooks. You need to get on the bike and practice. And you can’t become a better decisionmaker by reading micro-economics textbooks. You need to practice by working through the real-world exercises in this state-of-the-art book.”
--Philip Tetlock, author of Superforecasting
About the Author
Annie is the co-founder of The Alliance for Decision Education, a non-profit whose mission to improve lives by empowering students through decision skills education. She is also a member of the National Board of After-School All-Stars and the Board of Directors of the Franklin Institute. In 2020, she joined the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative.
- Publisher : Portfolio; Illustrated edition (Oct. 13 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593418484
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593418482
- Item weight : 399 g
- Dimensions : 18.85 x 1.93 x 23.19 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So I read this book--which is more like a workbook--and I was extremely impressed. The first part of the book basically gets you to shift your way of thinking about decisions by getting you to reflect a lot on the past. The latter half offers more practical advice on how to actually be good at decision making.
- I feel less regretful towards my past decisions. Issues that have been haunting me for years, I can FINALLY forgive myself for. I no longer feel as if certain results were inevitable.
-I pick movies quicker and take less time to order off of menus.
-I now have a decision-making framework I am currently using for some of the bigger decisions I have to make, such as deciding which career opportunity to explore
-helps with goal setting (largely due to chap 8). It's quite refreshing...it seems everything on the Internet talks about SMART goals, and it is wonderful to finally get some new goal-setting tools
-too much reflecting! In the beginning, discovering new ways of thinking was inspiring me and compelled me to continue to reflect on past bad decisions. However, by the middle of the book, I was tired and got sad/fed up with constantly seeing how things went wrong. I get that this is the nature of the book though... I ended up taking a week break from it.
-poor organization. There is much information in here. I appreciate that the author does comprehensive summaries at the end of each chapter and diagrams throughout the book, but I feel as if it would have been better if the book was divided into parts. For example, a section on learning from the past, a section on what to do going forward, a section on making smaller decisions, and a final section on goal-setting and other misc. thoughts. Finally, if the book had a final pull-out page that highlighted some recurring key-points that apply in all situations, that would have been super appreciated. I had to make my own mind map of everything learned after reading. Just helps for future reference.
-sometimes I feel as if the author talks to me like I'm an idiot. Of course I know how to convert a probability to a percentage (she goes into detail like, "think about how many times out of 10 this is likely to happen). At times, I ended up skimming paragraphs because I didn't need to learn how to do a basic function.
Overall, what I gained was far more valuable than any of the cons, hence the 4 stars. I know that this book isn't for everyone. Some people say this book is "common sense," but for me--a perpetually conflicted individual--this book gives me the confidence and tools I need to move forward in life. If you also have low confidence in decision making, please read this. It will help and it will empower.
Top reviews from other countries
The matrix of good/bad decisions good/bad luck is quite a useful tool though.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2020
It explains a different dimension on the process of decision making..