Lessons from one of the leading money winners in WSOP history(Annie Duke)

There are some of the lessons learned from Annie Duke’s book called Thinking in Bets
– how to make smarter decisions when you don’t have all of the facts.

Anne LaBarr Duke (née Lederer; September 13, 1965) is an American professional poker player and author. She holds a World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet from 2004 and used to be the leading money winner among women in WSOP history.

There are a lot of takeaways from this book.

I learned how to be more objective in life by surrounding yourself with a lot of different opinions. People tend to stay in a bubble and are resistant to being open-minded because it might challenge what they already know.

The value of making better decisions every day in life by getting the truth even when it hurts.

There is a story about how the World Series of Poker player won millions of dollars and right afterward where most people would celebrate he asked and dissected everywhere where we could have improved by poor decision-making skills.

That is the dedication it takes to be really good at your craft and mastery.

Annie gives many examples from her life where she too fell to her emotions and blamed bad luck where in actuality everything normalizes. People are not willing to accept their mistakes but blame it on others like their manager or their coworkers who were promoted because they were “schmoozing”.

It’s a really interesting concept actually.

I would recommend this book for anyone into self-development and looking to become more open-minded in general about everything in life. It really made me think about what I want to do to challenge my status quo thoughts on certain things that I feel like I know a lot about.


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