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Quitting gets a bad rap. Language favors grit over quitting. We’re taught that people who quit are cowards and that quitting is an obstacle to overcome.

I reject this. I wrote #QUIT to rehabilitate quitting’s image and to show people that it is a valuable decision skill and our best tool for making decisions under uncertainty.

It allows us to change course when new information is revealed, let go of things that aren’t worthwhile, and make the best next move.

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The most meaningful conversations your team needs to be having (that you probably aren't already) are around quitting.


It’s critical to understand that while your intuition is probably telling you that improving quitting behavior won’t make a difference in your decision-making or your business – that intuition is not correct.

Quitting is your secret weapon. It’s a superpower that takes time to master, but once you do, you will save your organization time, energy, and money.

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Lead your team through this exercise during my Flight Cohort on @BalloonPlatform. You'll identify mission-critical parts to tackle first, create experiments to decide what’s worth pursuing, identify tasks to put on the backburner & build a project plan around these pieces.

I can guarantee using this framework with your team will help you make the best next move and save your team time, energy, and money.

If you’ve already purchased #QUIT, you can get a discount code for 10% off of the Balloon Flight Cohort by filling out this proof of purchase form:

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In #QUIT, I outline the various cognitive and motivational forces that work against good quitting behavior. There’s sunk cost bias, desire for certainty, escalation of commitment, status quo bias, and endowment bias (to name a few).

I go into different mental models and frameworks to build good quitting behaviors into your toolbox, like thinking in expected value, increasing flexibility in goal-setting, establishing “quitting criteria” and contracts, etc.

I can’t emphasize enough how important these tools are — but it can be difficult to bring your team or company along as well, especially when collaborative settings add in a whole host of additional group dynamics and biases that work against good decision-making.

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So grateful to @astroteller and @theteamatx for all their help with #QUIT. 1/

QUIT: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away
Aside from just being a super cool dude, @astroteller is obsessed with getting people to quit things on time, maybe more obsessed than I am! 2/
The mental model of Monkeys and Pedestals that I talk about in #QUIT comes from @astroteller. 3/
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So much gratitude to @R_Thaler, not just for blurbing #QUIT, but for his support from the beginning of the writing process. Richard is such a giant in the field of behavioral economics. His research is so foundational to the ideas in the book.
@R_Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in Economic Sciences, was kind enough to hop a zoom call with a stranger to discuss our bias against quitting. That first call turned into many more over the course of a year.
He also read many early drafts, offering deeply insightful comments on how to make the book better. I am so honored to have had his thought partnership, who wouldn’t be?
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Huge thank you to @BrianChristian for blurbing #QUIT. Brian is the author of ALGORITHMS TO LIVE BY along with the incomparable Tom Griffiths. It is a perennial best seller that explores how simple computer algorithms can untangle human decision making.…
ALGORITHMS TO LIVE BY offers deep insight into “when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one’s inbox to peering into the future” MUST READ!
.@BrianChristian is also the author of THE ALIGNMENT PROBLEM, a finalist for the @latimesbooks Prize. It’s “a jaw-dropping exploration of everything that goes wrong when we build AI systems and the movement to fix them.” An important book in today’s world.…
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So grateful to Daniel Kahneman for blurbing #QUIT. Also shoutout to @WolfeJosh who introduced me to Danny 4 years ago. What an amazing intro! Danny was incredibly generous w/his time during the writing process, hopping on many zooms with me to help me think through the topic.
Kahneman’s work, much of it with Amos Tversky, is so foundational to the ideas in #QUIT. The concept of sure loss aversion (the bias against turning paper losses into realized losses, which stops you from stopping things when you are in the losses) comes from those conversations.
Loss aversion also biases us against quitting. Loss aversion makes us not want to start things where we might experience a bad outcome & regret. Since quitting means starting something new (ie quitting your job to find another) loss aversion stops us from switching to new things.
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Thank you @ShaneAParrish for blurbing #QUIT. Shane is, of course, the founder of @farnamstreet which is an incredible community for those committed to becoming better thinkers and decision makers.
@ShaneAParrish also has a great newsletter, Sunday Brain Food, “timeless ideas you can use to create wealth, live a meaningful life, and achieve unstoppable progress.” I’m a subscriber and you should be to!
@ShaneAParrish is also obsessed with mental models and has written extensively on the topic, publishing The Great Mental Models (3 volumes!). These are great books to help you become a better thinker.…
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So grateful to @donandrewmoore for supporting #QUIT and blurbing it. Don was crucial in helping me with the section of the book on over optimism and how that contributes to our bias against quitting. He is my go to guy on all things overconfidence😊
I first talked to @Donandrewmoore about quitting back in Jan of 2021 as I was working on the proposal for #QUIT. What day in January?? January 6th!
As we were zooming, I started getting a barrage of texts about what was happening at the Capitol. I realized I had not heard a word of the last few minutes of anything
@donandrewmoore had said so suggested that perhaps we should both go watch the news & reconvene at a later date.
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So grateful to @RyanHoliday for blurbing #QUIT. Not sure what I can say about him that won’t take a VERY long thread since he might be the most productive human I know! But, I'll try 👇🏻
.@RyanHoliday has a new book coming out THIS TUESDAY! Discipline is Destiny is excellent (I was lucky enough to read an advance copy). Buy it now!…
Ryan is best known for his books on #stoicism. His first book I read was The Obstacle is the Way on how to turn adversity into advantage. It's helped me thru some hard times. It is a breezy read on stoic philosophy that doesn’t sacrifice depth.…
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So grateful to @DavidEpstein for blurbing #QUIT. David didn't just say some nice things to put on the back cover, he also was right there with me when I was just starting the explore the ideas that would become the book.
He was a connector and thought partner and I know this book would be worse, had I not had his support. Thank you @davidepstein.
.@DavidEpstein is a brilliant writer & journalist. His book, RANGE, is a #1 @NYTimes bestseller. It's an engaging & thought-provoking exploration of the counterintuitive idea that being a generalist (not specialist) will = more creativity and success.…
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So grateful to @DavidMcRaney for blurbing #Quit. If you haven’t read David’s work, you are missing out. 1/5
David just had a new book come out, How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. It is an Editor’s Pick and Best Books of 2022 so far over on Amazon. I’ve read it and so should you! 2/5…
Dave is also the author of You are Not so Smart, “an entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise.” Super fun book on how we aren’t as rational as we would like to believe. 3/5…
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I started playing #guitar in college. Some of my friends back home played, so I thought I'd learn. It's been years since I kept up with it. With no job and an empty house, I had time. Plus, I could crank up my amp. Ava would have hated it. All the more reason to do it.
Strumming a few chords or playing a riff through a loud amp usually makes me feel better. It's more of a distraction this time. My amp is a little old. Even a #ragpicker might pass on it. "If you're not going to play it, sell it," Ava nagged. Life always got in the way.
Or I got in the way. Not even ten years ago I kept getting sick all the time. Painful stomach cramps would radiate weakness throughout my body. I learned how to wash it away like healing #rainwater. That's when I really started to figure out who I was and what I could do.
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