• 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 (283 ratings)

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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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read this is you have ever felt bad about quitting

Honestly, this was a unique book compared to all the pop psychology and self help out there. Instead of taking the common "winners never quit" approach, the author explain many cases when quitting is the ultimate better decision. She also goes over a number of biases which often make us think we need to stick to what we've started when doing so is detrimental.

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Insightful

Very insightful way of looking at things. This book is useful. Also i enjoyed the stories.

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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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Just a great book ...

A great book on a rarely mentioned topic, with an excellent practical approach to both business and personal issues, I highly recommend it

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Entertaining and well researched

This is a great tour around the topic of quitting, with research presented in a wise but entertaining way. I learned a lot and enjoyed the process.

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Holy Cow!

This book is legit! It gives you the other side of the coin to grittiness. Both are important but quitting is just not talked about enough and certainly not in this way!

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Wondering whether to leave your partner? Read this book!

Got this book after ending my relationship and finding myself wondering whether or not it was the right choice. This book, while not a book on when to exit a relationship, had some really interesting parallels that could be used to figure that out. By the end of the book, I had realized why it had been so hard to leave that relationship for so long (escalating commitment), and how to feel better about my decision to move on (sometimes quitting is the fastest way to get where you want to go). Thanks, Annie!

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A much needed correction to a lop-sided society!

A fantastic book. Should be required reading for basically everyone. This is one book I will certainly revisit. Its case studies are compelling, and its lessons are well worth internalizing.

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So many relatable Examples of life

Annie, did such a great job in the narration, keeping me engaged in both Story line and narration throughout the book.
It gave me a brand new perspective on quitting and being able to walk away with pride and with the knowledge why it's best to do it. So many great stories on how it relates to both personal and business life.

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A must read

The examples and studies go wide and deep making it a very thoughtful yet data based book. Loved it.