• Quit

  • The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away
  • By: Annie Duke
  • Narrated by: Annie Duke
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (667 ratings)

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Quit

By: Annie Duke
Narrated by: Annie Duke
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Publisher's summary

From the best-selling author of Thinking in Bets comes a toolkit for mastering the skill of quitting to achieve greater success.

Business leaders, with millions of dollars down the drain, struggle to abandon a new app or product that just isn’t working. Governments, caught in a hopeless conflict, believe that the next tactic will finally be the one that wins the war. And in our own lives, we persist in relationships or careers that no longer serve us. Why? According to Annie Duke, in the face of tough decisions, we’re terrible quitters. And that is significantly holding us back.

In Quit, Duke teaches you how to get good at quitting. Drawing on stories from elite athletes like Mount Everest climbers, founders of leading companies like Stewart Butterfield, the CEO of Slack, and top entertainers like Dave Chappelle, Duke explains why quitting is integral to success, as well as strategies for determining when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em, that will save you time, energy, and money. You’ll learn:

  • How the paradox of quitting influences decision making: If you quit on time, you will feel you quit early
  • What forces work against good quitting behavior, such as escalation commitment, desire for certainty, and status quo bias
  • How to think in expected value in order to make better decisions, as well as other best practices, such as increasing flexibility in goal-setting, establishing “quitting contracts”, anticipating optionality, and conducting premortems and backcasts

Whether you’re facing a make-or-break business decision or life-altering personal choice, mastering the skill of quitting will help you make the best next move.

©2022 Annie Duke (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“This brilliant and entertaining book documents a major flaw in human actions and decisions: the bias against quitting. I learned a lot from its compelling tales of failures and sound recommendations. You will too.”—Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner in economics and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow

“Engrossing, important, and grounded in science, Quit is a gem that will allow you to navigate the world more effectively.”—Katy Milkman, bestselling author of How to Change

“A game-changing book of strategy from a world-class thinker on risk and decision-making.”—Shane Parrish, host of The Knowledge Project podcast

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LOTS of FILLER and the message sometimes gets lost

I enjoyed the core competencies of the book and they are a very good foundation for the book.

Challenge, picking examples that both communicate the challenge and pull back to the point.

The challenge was missed because the indepth explaining of the problem you get lost in the weeds and forget even what the objective or point is. I also struggled because I can care less about things like growing a ABC store OR the delays in building out California's transportation system (where they tax the citizens to the max and struggle to produce on those tax dollars).

I ended up doing two things:

1) Listened to the beginning of each chapter to see if the content would be relevant to me before Annie gets stuck in the weeds on some story.

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2) Listened to the Summary of each competency to get to the core points of the message.

I appreciate the message but I wish that Annie could have picked several small stories to drive home the point that are more personal that I can translate into my life and less about corporations and city/county/state works. It was hard to make the stories fit well to my life experience.

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Annie Duke crushes it again

This was a great listen and provided so many good tools on how we assess failure, quitting, and stepping away. The only reason I didn’t give five stars was the chapters and the audio didn’t align. The audio from each chapter ran ~10-15 seconds in the next chapter on the app, making it difficult to use the “End of Chapter” timer. Great listen, great content, the app just didn’t line up with the audio.

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A Must Read

This should be required reading for high school students, but literally everyone should read it. It applies to everyone - no exceptions.

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great practical advice!

Very accessible and lots of diverse examples from disparate fields and experiences. Annie Duke narrates in a straightforward and easy to follow way. well done!

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Amazing book!

One of the best books I’ve read recently! Many valuable insights! Now I feel more fulfilled knowing about the concept of quitting.

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Brilliant!

This is a great listen if you want to gain some perspective about quitting or cutting losses. There are many other books that have a bias toward grit, but very few offer alternatives to other solutions.

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Practical Kahneman and counterintuitive guidance for a better life

Shockingly precise and practical yet counterintuitive advice that I wish I would have had 50 years ago what I didn't like or got the feeling was a lot of privilege in this person's experience. how does it apply to us? lowly individuals in the world who have to make choices often without the benefit of such a social safety. As well took an unsubstantiated jab at the 10,000 hours approach popularized by Malcolm gladwell that is in no way from Malcolm gladwell. Somewhat casual assertion that the pandemic response of the great resignation wasn somehow precisely predicted or covered by the quitting methodology not that it doesn't match up nicely just very loosely and casually thrown out there....a la Malcolm gladwell overall super super powerful life-changing book. I now see pedastals everywhere ....

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The book reframed many ideas I held.

Damn good. It is rare to hear something that immediately hits home. Duke reframed the way I view success and failure. Not just interesting, it is useful.

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Great research! Great stories! Great voice!

This was so good with so many interesting stories that I think I’ll have to listen again.
This is a worthy subject told in an engaging manner. Valuable topic.

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I gained an appreciation for the process

I appreciate, now, the process of attempting to achieve the goal. And I see that the pass/fail nature of some goals can prevent me from even starting for great of not being able to finish.

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