When Does It Make Sense To Quit?

Jun 19, 2012

Click on the audio to hear Bobcat Goldthwait, Seth Godin and a former priest discuss why and how a person could decide that quitting is the right answer.

If you want to know how completely reviled quitting is, just type the word into the search field of Twitter.

You get a lot of "quitting is never an option" rhetoric. "The more you feel like quitting, the more reason there is to persist."  "The difference between winning and losing is not quitting."  That's what we say. But at some level, I think we know that's not always true.  And it's not always quitting big things to make your life better. I figured out a decade ago that I did not have to, on principle, finish every book I started. And there are certain activities in which the well-timed quit is considered the essence of smarts. Poker comes to mind. You've got to know when to fold'em. On today's show, we'll explore the notion that in many more of life's critical moments, quitting makes sense, in order to minimize damage and maximize time. American heresy! Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.