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San Diego Union-Tribune: Do you know when to quit? Some tips from a former pro poker player


Duke offers three techniques. “Set intervals to rerun the cost-benefit analysis of your goal.” I am a sailor. The first rule is simple, when the wind shifts, turn the boat.

“Add kill criteria to your goal.” Unless certain things happen by a certain time, then you need to stop. She calls them “unlesses.” They are lines in the sand to remind you of rational boundaries.

“Acknowledge incremental progress,” she says. This one is critical. You cannot make the only reward crossing the finish line. I spend a lot of time cheerleading. I know how hard it is to finish. There is honor in the effort. Sure, results matter, but in any failure, there is learning.

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