Quitting Forward

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Quitting leaves such a bad taste in one’s mouth. It’s supposed to: without it, nothing worth doing would’ve ever gotten done. Quitting is associated with —

  • Failure
  • Weakness
  • Immaturity
  • Laziness
  • Mediocrity
  • Cowardice

These are all correct, of course. Too often, though, we only contemplate quitting as a two dimensional question: “Did you quit or not?” If yes, welcome to the weakness of failure, you mediocre coward. If that’s all there is to quitting, then it is certainly better to never be a quitter than to always be one.

But successful people know there’s more to it than that. For all the truth about being a negative choice, sometimes it is the necessary one. There is a third dimension to quitting beyond “quit / didn’t quit” and that is WHY. Elevating growth and success come when quitting can also be associated with —

  • No more throwing good money after bad
  • Ending toxic relationships
  • Letting go of an obsolete way of doing things
  • Achieving focus by curating away distractions
  • Leaving the security of a known comfort zone to seize an opportunity
  • Conceding a fight that really isn’t worth winning
  • Breaking the chains of past decisions in order to adapt to a new reality

If you’re in a rut, there is no valor in dutifully pressing onward. If what you really need to do is quit, this book is a great place to start: