Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work

Find out why the happiest, most successful people have the ability both to persist and to quit In a culture that perceives quitting as a last resort and urges us to hang in, Mastering the Art of Quitting tackles our tendencies to overanalyze, ruminate, and put a positive spin on goals that have outlived their usefulness Bestselling author Peg Streep and psychotherapist AFind out why the happiest, most successful people have the ability both to persist and to quit In a culture that perceives quitting as a last resort and urges us to hang in, Mastering the Art of Quitting tackles our tendencies to overanalyze, ruminate, and put a positive spin on goals that have outlived their usefulness Bestselling author Peg Streep and psychotherapist Alan Bernstein demonstrate that persistence alone isn t always the answer We also need to be able to quit to get the most out of life They reveal simple truths that apply to goal setting and achievement in all areas of life, including love, relationships, and work Quitting promotes growth and learning, as well as the ability to frame new goals Without the ability to give up, most people will end up in a discouraging loop The most satisfied people know when it s time to stop persisting and start quitting Quitting is a healthy, adaptive response when a goal can t be reached Featuring compelling stories of people who successfully quit, along with helpful questionnaires and goal maps to guide you on the right path, Mastering the Art of Quitting allows you to evaluate whether your goals are working for or against you, and whether you need to rechart certain aspects of your life.When is it time to stop persisting and start quitting Take a moment and answer the following questions Just thinking about the answers will give you insight into your ability to quit artfully and restart your life.Do you believe that winners never quit and quitters never win How realistic are you when it comes to setting goals What matters staying the course or exploring new possibilities in life How much of your sense of self relies on other people s judgments Do you tend to hang in longer than you should, even when you re unhappy When you try something new, do you focus on the effort you have to put in or the possibility of failure Are you a procrastinator or a delayer when it comes to getting things done How much do you worry about making a mistake Do you second guess yourself How hard is it for you to get over a setback
Mastering the Art of Quitting Why It Matters in Life Love and Work Find out why the happiest most successful people have the ability both to persist and to quit In a culture that perceives quitting as a last resort and urges us to hang in Mastering the Art of Quitt

  • Title: Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work
  • Author: Peg Streep Alan Bernstein
  • ISBN: 9780738216546
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work”

    1. Meh. It's a rehash of psychological studies with stories demonstrating their points sprinkled in-between. Just not that ground-breaking or interesting. In the spirit of the book, I quit reading it after about 90 pages.

    2. this book is everything I hoped it would be and more. it is very dense with lots of research information (I'll have to listen a second time i'm sure). the premise is the difference between "loser/lazy" quitting and "realizing it's time to move in a different direction" quitting; but i'm stuck with all the stuff more healthy disengaging techniques and great explanations about why brains work the way they do

    3. So ends the worst explicit experiment in my own behavior I can think of. Not reading was a really awful goal and I'm glad I trashed it. Excuse me --- "quit" it. Oh wait. Actually it's ok not to use the word because the book is barely about quitting at all. It's 90% the same psychological studies as other psychology books. The other 10% has to do with the title. There were moments when it had a bit more personality and insight then the baseline, such as the part where it gives a bunch of differen [...]

    4. Nothing fancy, and a bit on the simplistic side, as most self-help books can be at times. Ideally, this is a 3.5 star, but we don't have half stars. Reader aveage has it pegged about right.The good points are that it says we shouldn't be afraid to quit, as in quitting bad or unfulfilling jobs, relationships, etc. Nor should we see shame or a sense of failure in doing so.Personality factors that affect this, strategies for planning quitting, etc all get discussed.It's still self-help, though, and [...]

    5. As Americans, we are taught from day one that quitting is the most unforgivable act, the ultimate demonstration of weakness. But without quitting, one cannot move forward to new phases of life, love, and work. Streep eloquently dismantles deeply ingrained cultural myths to paint a holistic portrait of the benefits of quitting, and how doing so in a non-impulsive, thoughtful way can reap dividends for one's career, relationships, and overall well being.

    6. A remix of widely reported research from behavioral economics, emotional intelligence, and "happiness" studies. What's useful is the focus on decisions to divest/detach in order to redirect, and I found that thoughtful and illuminating as I considered my own experience with persisting too long in unfruitful situations.

    7. So glad I read this book. It's very inspiring for someone who perseveres and is stubborn. The best part is the suggestions for redirecting yourself when you want to quit. And theway it teaches you to set goals that are meaningful. Just what I needed.

    8. "Quitting" is in my top 10 of 2014 reads. I've encountered no other book–scientific, self-help, nutrition, financial or otherwise–who's lessons have such broad and over-arching usefulness for every aspect of our lives.

    9. This is a great book that delves into the psychology of persistence and why it's important to let go. I love these types of books that analyze studies and research. It's not exactly a light read (bit dry) but I found the information helpful.

    10. Mastering the Art of Quitting starts out feeling somewhat depressing. Everything you strive for, you believe in, may not be worth the effort and stress you put yourself through. With each passing chapter, you may be able to apply these methods to your own situations. It truly does give you some insight as to why it may be worth cutting your losses in some instances. More importantly, it gives you advice for how to do so gracefully.

    11. As evidenced by how long it took me to read this book (3 months), it's pretty dry, but as expected. There were a few exercises in there that I found helpful, so I'd recommend for someone looking for a way to really examine whether they are persisting at something for the sake of persistence or whether they do need to make a deliberate change of direction in life. Otherwise, meh.

    12. This was a "read it at the right time" book for me that gave me greater peace about "quitting" something that is not as great for me but I associate with a big part of my identity of success. #MovingForward

    13. Outstanding dive into the applied psychology of change. Very helpful in understanding and normalising the roller coaster of emotions that we undergo during times of significant change.

    14. They have crafted a very smart tool that can provide the impetus to both disengage from unsatisfactory goals and to map out new ones.

    15. Excellent handbook on making career and personal changes that I'll use with clients in my coaching practice regularly.

    16. Pop psychology, but it's a bit more intense than your typical business book. Very enjoyable, especially for someone who has tended to "stick-it-out" for too long.

    17. Some great insights on why quitting should always be a viable option, when to consider it, and how to do it in a healthy manner.

    18. A very interesting and helpful read. Scientifically grounded with practical advice and guidance. Highly recommended for anyone looking to gain control over passiveness.

    19. Read the first few chapters if you're ever not sure about something. You'll know your answer immediately.

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