#4 - Annie Duke: Life Lessons, Poker Stories, & Decision Strategies

In this episode of the It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a fun conversation with Annie Duke. Annie is a retired poker professional, bestselling author, corporate speaker, and decision strategist. As a former professional poker player, she won more than $4 million in tournament poker. She has won a World Series of Poker bracelet, the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, and the NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship. She’s written five books, four on poker and strategy, and most recently she published her first for general audiences, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. Annie’s been featured on shows like Good Morning America, The Late Show w/ David Letterman, and yes, even the Celebrity Apprentice. In 2014 she founded HowIDecide.org, a non-profit whose mission is to equip youth with skills to be better decision makers throughout their lives.

In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • How you can learn from even the worst poker player at the table (3:22)

  • The two components that determine how your future will unfold (10:59)

  • The defining lesson of Annie’s career (16:36)

  • The best ways to find and engage a mentor (23:52)

  • How to become a great decision maker, and what constitutes a “good” decision (26:04)

  • The most important thing to remember when you’re teaching (46:42)


Read Annie’s book, Thinking in Bets: http://bit.ly/ThinkingBets

Contact Annie through her website: http://annieduke.com/

Connect with Annie on Twitter: @AnnieDuke

Check out Annie’s non-profit: https://www.howidecide.org/


The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins (a book that’s changed Annie’s thinking): http://bit.ly/GreatestShowOnEarthDawkins

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