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Quitting: Why we’re so bad at it and how to get better

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Annie Duke

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What you'll learn

Deciding when to quit

Why quitting on time usually feels like quitting too early.

Cognitive biases

What makes it hard to walk away from things like quitting a job that's making you miserable or shutting down a project.

Mental models

Practical solutions to get better at stopping things you’ve started, including the Monkeys and Pedestals mental model.

Why this topic matters

Our intuition is that quitting will slow down our progress. The reverse is actually true. If you walk away from something that is no longer worthwhile, that frees you up to switch to something that is more likely to help you achieve your goals—and you’ll get there faster. In this session, you'll learn why we're so bad at quitting and how to get better at it.

You'll learn from

Annie Duke

Author, Speaker, Decision Strategist, and Former Professional Poker Player

For two decades, Annie was one of the top poker players in the world, winning more than $4 million in tournament poker. During her career, Annie won a World Series of Poker bracelet and is the only woman to have won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and the NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship.

Since retiring from professional poker in 2012, Annie has become an author of multiple bestsellers, corporate speaker, and consultant in the decision-making space. She is also a Special Partner focused on Decision Science at First Round Capital Partners, a seed stage venture fund.

She's taught decision-making and critical thinking skills to tens of thousands of Wharton MBAs, founders at First Round, and executives at private workshops–and she's looking forward to teaching you.

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