Todays guest is Annie Duke, Annie is an author, corporate speaker, and consultant in the decision-making space, as well as Special Partner focused on Decision Science at First Round Capital Partners, a seed stage venture fund. The occasion for todays chat is Annie’s latest book, Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away which was released last week. As a former professional poker player, she has won 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. She retired from the game in 2012. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Annie was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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What to Listen For:


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:40 Annie’s most memorable moment of “quitting” 
  • 7:17 How did that moment impact her long term?
  • 9:46 Why did she quit playing poker?
  • 18:23 How to know if you should quit something & why quitting makes you happier
  • 24:47 What to do when you’re having a hard time quitting or leaving something
  • 33:40 When quitting is a bad thing/How to make better decisions
  • 38:26 Why sticking to something that’s “hard” isn’t a good thing
  • 44:08 Misconceptions about goal setting (and what to do instead)

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