Mastering the Art of Quitting

Mastering the Art of Quitting

Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
"In Mastering the Art of Quitting the authors show us how to let go when we need to and how to start over. A guide to increasing our emotional and mental flexibility, assessing our goals, and knowing when to hang in or bail out, it tackles our tendenciesto overanalyze, ruminate, and put a positive spin on situations we actually need to avoid. In a culture which perceives quitting as a last resort, Alan Bernstein and Peg Streep show that it's an essential tool for a happy and successful life. They revealsimple truths which apply to goals in all areas of life including love, relationships, and work, including: Quitting permits 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. "--

Perseus Publishing
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 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 more: 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 explores the "myth of persistence" and the fascinating psychology of why and how we sabotage ourselves by holding on to the familiar.


Book News
The form of quitting referred to in the title of this popular psychology/self-help book is not the explosive, impulsive sort, but is rather a more deliberate disengaging from unattainable goals. Streep and Bernstein contend that humans are hard-wired for persistence, and point out that persistence against even unreasonable odds is central to American myths about success. We therefore become trapped by failing at goals without fully quitting them, and in general by not being pragmatic about the right time to move on. The bulk of the book serves as a reader self-assessment and guide through the process of quitting and setting new goals. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Explains how letting go and starting over can lead to a happy and successful life and offers strategies to become more emotionally and mentally flexible, how to assess and achieve goals and determine which situations should be avoided. 30,000 first printing.
Explains how letting go and starting over can lead to a happy and successful life and offers strategies to become more emotionally and mentally flexible, how to assess and achieve goals, and determine which situations should be avoided.

Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, c2014
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780738216546
Branch Call Number: 158 STR
Characteristics: vii, 262 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bernstein, Alan B.

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