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How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices Paperback – Illustrated, October 13, 2020
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--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 (October 13, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593418484
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593418482
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.35 x 0.75 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You don’t have to be a high-stakes poker pro or a high-paid executive. Everyone faces decisions, and the lack of consideration we chronically give even to our most serious choices can have lasting effects. In How to Decide, Annie Duke has provided a practical, step-by-step guide to thoughtful decision making, and she’s illustrated it with vivid and sometimes hilarious anecdotes from her own one-of-a-kind life.
As I read it, I kept thinking of Maria Konnikova's book about learning poker and its life lessons and was delighted to discover when I saw the jacket copy that Konnikova is one of its endorsers. Now, so am I.
Buy this book. It’s like completing your inside straight on the river. Because when you’re talking about life, you really are all in.
My favorite is the use of a journal. Unless you make a contemporary record of your reasons & thoughts leading up to and at the time of a decision, you cannot (at least I cannot) rely on memory well after the fact.
Another useful tool she illustrates is the use of bounding, using the process of getting to a rough estimate of the weight of a bison in a photo.
This author is extremely talented - and entertaining.
I even enjoyed the acknowledgments - seemed to have more life than most. The footnotes and bibliography are also very useful & informative.
So there are 3 things I'd like Ms Duke to consider:
1. Flash Cards for the definitions in the book.
2. A laminated outline similar to BarCharts Quick Study series
3. Finally - I want to know the alternative titles suggested by Prof Kahneman!
This book is fun with relatable and amusing examples (loved the "Dr. Evil on 4th Down" section referring to NFL coaches' dilemma). If you want to get the most out of it, you will have to do some hard work: looking at past life decisions that didn't end up well. On the other side of your introspection, you may find that the bad decisions weren't entirely your fault (whew!), and nor were the great decisions all to your credit (ah well!).
This book will question a lot of your assumptions, and that's a good thing. You'll find that simply creating a pro-con list to make a big life decision is not a robust enough tool when what you really need to do is get out this book and examine the decision more thoroughly. Who doesn't want to make better decisions?
My only wish for improvement is to add an index because I'll be referring to this book often.