“Remember: it’s not a failure until you accept defeat.”
I’m very excited to share this episode. It’s our first “roundtable” approach to discussing a single topic. This came about when I asked 5-Bullet Friday subscribers (sign up here if you’re interested) to send me questions, and one that stuck out was: Where’s the line between stubbornly pursuing an idea that isn’t working and the patience and persistence needed to actually make it work? In other words — when should you give up and quit and when should you push on?
Since this is something I myself have struggled with, I came to the conclusion that I should reach out to people who might have a better answer. So, I sent the question to the following entrepreneurs, authors, and innovators:
Their answers are a thorough overview of how to assess your own ideas and opportunities, and determine which ones are worth pursuing. Enjoy!
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Connect with Scott Belsky:
- Connect with Seth Godin:
- Connect with James Altucher:
- Connect with Debbie Millman:
- Connect with Adam Robinson:
- Connect with Chase Jarvis
- Connect with Rhonda Patrick:
- Divestiture Aversion (aka the Endowment Effect)
- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin
- Question of the Day (QOD) Podcast
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
- Stockpickr! Your Source for Stock Ideas
- Become An Idea Machine: Because Ideas Are The Currency Of The 21st Century by Claudia Azula Altucher and James Altucher
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- The Sunk Cost Fallacy by David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart
- The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You: iPhone Photography by Chase Jarvis
- Recording Analog Memories in Human Cells by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office
- Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau
- 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly
- Why Scott Belsky stuck with Behance even when it was going through rough patches. [08:41]
- Seth Godin thoughts from his bestselling book about quitting. [13:24]
- James Altucher tells us why you sometimes want to quit when you’re ahead. [19:53]
- Debbie Millman on pursuing dreams over conforming to the comfortable. [38:58]
- Adam Robinson ponders the options we all face: to persist, to pivot, or to quit. [47:11]
- Chase Jarvis on intuition as the most powerful tool we have as humans and the science behind it. [57:12]
- Rhonda Patrick gives us some insight on why making a counterintuitive choice ended up working in her favor. [1:11:19]
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Howard Stern
- Stephen Dubner
- Brian Koppelman
- Marina Franklin
- AJ Jacobs
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Leo Tolstoy
- W.C. Fields
- Rudyard Kipling
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
- John Kennedy Toole
- Thelma Toole
- Walker Percy
- Gary Vaynerchuk
- Mark Cuban
- Richard Branson
- Chris Guillebeau
- Bruce Ames
- Kevin Kelly
Posted on: July 23, 2017.
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