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From Omar's Desk: Quit

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From Omar’s desk - a recommended read for this week is: Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away, by Annie Duke.

About the author: Annie Duke is a well-known author, speaker, and decision-making expert. She has been inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame and is one of the most successful female poker players in history.

Key premise: The central premise of this book is that quitting can be a useful tool for making better life decisions. Duke contends that in our society, quitting is often viewed negatively, and that we are encouraged to persevere and stick with things no matter what. She does, however, believe that there are times when quitting is the best and most strategic option. According to Duke, knowing when to quit entails recognizing when something isn't working, when it isn't aligned with our goals and values, or when a better opportunity is available. Annie also emphasizes the importance of quitting effectively, which includes being clear about why you're quitting, communicating it effectively, and developing a plan for the next steps.

Why read? This book is well-written and provides deep insights into decision-making and risk management that can be applied to many aspects of our personal (relationships) and professional (career) lives. The learnings also equally apply to businesses (e.g. innovation).

Another recommendation along similar lines? I would recommend the inverse of this book - to create necessary topic tension - Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.