I wrote the following blog post last year and just happened to stumble across it and thought it was worth sharing again. It seems especially valuable at this time of year.
Is it Ok to Quit?
NEVER GIVE UP! You haven’t failed unless you quit! Just finish the race… Personal development programs love to tell us that we should never quit. That the only way to win is to never, ever, ever give up. That most people reach success just after the point they would have quit so if you just stick with it, you will reach success.
Why They Say “Don’t Quit”
There is some point to that as many people will quit the game long before they even know how to play. And honestly, I think too many people do this. Whether the game is a new business or opportunity, a new job, a specific weight loss program or something else entirely; people tend to jump into things expecting this game to be the answer to all their troubles. Once they see it isn’t about a quick fix and that work may be involved, they decide it didn’t work for them and quit. Because of this, they never win and they never improve their situation.
For The Rest
There is, however, a group of people that thrive on personal development and have taken this mantra to heart. These people are the captains of the sinking ships. It doesn’t matter how much time, effort, money, stress, etc… they put into something, they will not quit because they are afraid of missing out. They fear that their success is just on the other side of where they are now. However, this is like dangling the carrot in front of the horse, the success may be just out of reach forever.
If you read the bios of almost every highly successful business owner, you will find that the vast majority have had at least one business fail before their enormous success. Sam Walton had started a few discount stores before he hit the gold mine with Wal-Mart. If Sam Walton had stuck with the failing stores he started first, we may never have ended up with the world’s most successful retail establishment. Instead, Sam Walton took from each experience a set of lessons that he could then utilize in his next venture.
Sam Walton wasn’t quitting. Sam Walton was simply playing a revised game. This is where most people get stuck. They fear, if the game doesn’t look exactly like what they started to play, that means they quit playing AND QUITTERS NEVER WIN!
Is it ok to change the rules? YES! Is it ok to quit? NO!
Your game may not be what you started out doing. It may not be the same weight loss program you started, as long as you continue with a weight loss program. It may not be the same business you started, as long as you continue to own a business. It may not be the same career, as long as you have a career you love.
Quitting is not an option. Changing the rules is. So the next question becomes, how do we know when it is ok to change the rules? How would you answer that?
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