“Winners never quit and quitters never win!” Really? We’ve all been taught not to quit, and that quitting is failure, but I don’t think that necessarily true.
What if you are in a job, career, business endeavor, or educational pursuit that you realize isn’t going to take you where you want to go in life? Should you continue on, knowing it’s not what you’re excited or passionate about, or should you quit and pursue something that’s a better fit for you? I don’t think there is anything noble about sticking with something that you know isn’t working or that you know won’t lead to success. If that’s the case, I say quit. Immediately!
However, I don’t want to make a blanket statement that says we should always quit. If for example, we’re pursuing an endeavor that we’re passionate about and that will take us toward the goals we’ve set for ourselves, we should stick with it. Often when we start something new, the beginning stages are fun and exciting. But soon the excitement wears off and it’s time to start doing the hard work to cause something to happen in order to be successful. At this point we shouldn’t quit, but rather apply our efforts to get through the challenging work to get started. This NOT the time to quit.
When considering whether or not to quit, we should ask ourselves some questions like:
- Is this path I’m considering quitting going to take me where I want to go in life and help me achieve the goals I’ve laid out for myself?
- Am I quitting just because it’s getting hard?
- Could I be more effective/fulfilled/successful doing something else?
- Will my increased or continued efforts cause me to be successful?
Give yourself honest answers to these questions, as they will help you determine your course of action.
Is there anything currently in your life that you need to consider quitting or stop giving thought to quitting? If so, ask yourself the tough questions, make your decision, and take action. You’ll either be freed up to pursue something more fulfilling, or you’ll put yourself in a position to refocus your efforts to move ahead.
Don’t delay. Your future awaits!