Book Category: Business, Motivational,

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (book summary)

Author: Chip Heath, Dan Heath,
Life Changing Principles
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pros: Very motivational, great for different goals, useful skills
cons: Lots of call-to-actions
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QUICK SUMMARY:  Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work offers a four-step process to overcome natural bias in order to make better, more informed decisions – both professionally and personally.

We love the in-depth research that went into Decisive, as well as the easy-to-read format. We think Decisive is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to become empowered to make the right decision quickly, and thus spend less time worrying about decisions.


1. A better decision process substantially improves the results of the decisions.

2. Process is important because understanding shortcomings is not enough to fix them.

3. There are obstacles that stand in the way of good decisions:

      – Narrow framing

      – Confirmation bias

      – Short-term emotion

      – Overconfidence regarding how the future will unfold

4. Combat these obstacles with the WRAP method:

      – Widen your options.

      – Reality test your assumptions.

      – Attain distance before deciding.

      – Prepare to be wrong.


1. Explore alternative points of view, recognize uncertainty, and search for evidence that contradict beliefs.

2. Implement the 10/10/10 method:

      – How will we feel about it 10 minutes from now?

      –  10 months from now?

      – 10 years from now?

3. Look at a wider range of possibilities.

      – For instance, ask what we would do if all the options we are considering disappeared.

      – Or, consider multiple options at the same time.

4. Identify values and priorities, and let them help guide decisions.

5. Keep asking: Who am I? Why am I here? What do I want?


The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. A professional has professional habits.

When people have the opportunity to collect information from the world, they are more likely to select information that supports their preexisting attitudes, beliefs, and actions.

The future has an uncanny ability to surprise. We can’t shine a spotlight on areas when we don’t know they exist.

Any time in life you’re tempted to think, ‘Should I do this OR that?’ instead, ask yourself, ‘Is there a way I can do this AND that?’ It’s surprisingly frequent that it’s feasible to do both things.

By identifying and enshrining your core priorities, you make it easier to resolve present and future dilemmas.

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