How Do You Know When It’s Time to Quit? (NSQ Ep. 29)
Also: why is it so hard to predict success?
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series.
- Daniel Kahneman, professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.
- John Gottman, psychological researcher specializing in marriage and relationships.
- “How We Used the Aftermath of a Fight to Repair Our Relationship,” by Kyle Benson (The Gottman Institute, 2019).
- “Reference-Dependent Preferences: Evidence from Marathon Runners,” by Eric J. Allen, Patricia M. Dechow, Devin G. Pope, and George Wu (Management Science, 2016).
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth (2016).
- “When the going gets tough: Grit predicts costly perseverance,” by Gale M. Lucas, Jonathan Gratch, Lin Cheng, and Stacy Marsell (Journal of Research in Personality, 2015).
- “The Most Misread Poem in America,” by David Orr (The Paris Review, 2015).
- The Marshmallow Test: Why Self-Control Is the Engine of Success, by Walter Mischel (2014).
- “The Upside of Quitting (Ep. 42),” by Freakonomics Radio (2011).
- “The Folly of Prediction (Ep. 41),” by Freakonomics Radio (2011).
- “The Gambler,” by Kenny Rogers (1978).
- “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost (1916).
Dec. 1, 2020: During the conversation about success, Angela says that half of all marriages end in divorce. This often-cited statistic is incorrect. According to National Center for Family & Marriage Research’s analysis of American Community Survey data, divorce in the United States reached a 40-year low in 2019 at 15.5 divorces per 1000 married women.