Summary of How to Make Hard Choices

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How to Make Hard Choices summary
Don’t drift and let indecision define you; embrace hard choices, and become who you want to be.


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In this eloquent TED Talk, philosopher Ruth Chang invites you to ponder the reasons hard choices are so difficult. Her musings culminate in clear counsel: Embrace hard choices and define who you are via your decisions. getAbstract suggests your most-favorable option is to sit back and listen as Chang outlines the reasons tough decisions are, in fact, blessings in disguise.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What makes hard choices so difficult,
  • Why hard choices are a “godsend” and
  • How to avoid “drifting” by taking ownership of who you are through hard choices.


You might consider a hard choice to be “something big, something momentous, something that matters to you.” However, the definition of a hard choice is not one with weighty significance but one where neither...
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About the Speaker

Ruth Chang is a philosopher who studies choice, freedom, value and action.

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