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Publisher's 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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Waste of my time

Very repetitive and got nothing out of it, Also the voice is very monotonous... hard to follow.

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Thought provoking

I found it very helpful for me to think through my choices on both the small scale and large. Got me thinking about a lot of useful things.

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Easy, practical steps to improve your life

Annie had done it again. My best listen of the year. The chapter on negative and contrasting will work well with a stoic outlook. Will purchase the physical book to help implement her strategies.

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  • Jerry Fletcher
  • 24-11-2020

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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  • chris boutte
  • 31-10-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-2021

Decide to Decide on this book. Great.

Wonderfully spoken by the author herself. A wonderful tour of decisions from a learned cognitive scientist, world class poker player, mother and wife. This book is for busy overwhelmed people who need help making decisions on what matters to them.
It is published as a written WORK book (pen not included) which is great for the plane, train or just a rainy weekend. As an audio book reviewing the included PDF is required to get the full impact of the concepts. After my second listen the clear simple and elegant techniques had me chuckling watching others stress with seemingly simple decisions. This book is a stress reliever and gives solid ground to make a quality decision with confidence. Her other book "Thinking in bets" is great too. Thank you Anne. Great!

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  • nihonmufasa
  • 20-02-2021

Good content but hard to listen to

content is good but author's voice and lisp made it almost unlistenable for me. I realize this sounds petty and heartless but when paying for an audio book I expect a professional sounding narration.

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  • Andro Diaz
  • 08-02-2021

Learned a lot

What I liked:
1. You get a lot of tools that help you make better decisions and remove your biases.
2. Some of the moments where she asks you to write stuff down really helps get your thoughts in order.
3. My favorite chapter is the one on removing analysis paralysis. It will definitely speed up your decision making.

What I didn’t like:
1. Sometimes, she asks you to write stuff down when just thinking of your answer is more than enough.
2. Some chapters are extremely redundant. I get that it can help you remember things better, but I feel like some of these 1 hour chapters could be summarized in a few sentences.

All in all, I do recommend the book, you just need to be patient. I listened to the whole book, but if you want to learn fast, listen to the last few minutes of each chapter.

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  • Dale Schaeffer
  • 03-01-2021

A great overview of eliminating confirmation bias in decision making

Annie does a great job giving practical tools for improving decision making. I already was using several of them (such as doing quick dirty anonymous polling in meetings) but others like creating decision trees and projecting the likelihood of success or failure for each decision have been really helpful. For example, our daughter is a senior and trying to decide on which college to attend. She’s been super stressed about it. Having her create a decision tree and project likely outcomes helped her narrow her decision down to three schools and gave her clear next steps on how to get better information on each school in making her final decision later this spring.

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  • Bookworm in PA
  • 16-11-2020

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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  • EEEMARE
  • 29-03-2021

Required Reading

A must read. If you read only the first 2 chapters of this book, you will walk away a wiser person. The author does a fine job reading. (I am biased toward the original authors reading their work where possible. It makes the listening experience more intimate.)

I award highest recommendations for this work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-2021

Looking a method to better decide ?

This is an excellent book to analyze how you take decision and improve your process.
Many time we take decision without process and it can impact the outcome.
The author is giving us a tactical approach and a PDF to help us.
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  • 20-02-2021

Insightful and helpful

The book is well written and structured easy to follow. It provides tools which we can use right away and practice them overtime.
It is a good book for everybody if you want to dig deep on decision making.

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  • 15-03-2021

great listen

very easy listen, very digestible. with new insights that have practical application in daily life.

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  • 05-01-2021

Worth a listen, but repetition is tedious

some interesting ideas and concepts that I will apply in future, but as a 'book', the amount of repetition throughout is frustrating

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  • Nicolás Balzano
  • 18-11-2020

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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  • Mr M MCALEER
  • 01-11-2020

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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