No one wants to be called a quitter. And absolutely no one wants to be the guy who tells other people to quit … except maybe Stephen Dubner. Today on Marketplace, Dubner explains the virtues of quitting to Tess Vigeland, making the case that people don’t quit enough. One upside of quitting is avoiding “sunk costs,” the time and effort you’ve put into something that makes it difficult to move on. We’ll hear from Justin Humphries, a former prized baseball prospect who made the difficult decision to quit — and abandon all the time he sunk into baseball. Humphries went on to Columbia University, where he worked with sociologist (and Freakonomics contributor) Sudhir Venkatesh on a study which finds that many baseball players would be better off if they quit too. Another upside of quitting? It can make you healthier. We’ll hear from psychology professor Carsten Wrosch, who found that letting go of “unattainable goals” has psychological and physiological upsides.
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