Is It Ok To Quit? Take 2

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?

For previous comments, please visit the original blog post here.

Nicole Bandes

Nicole has scaled her own personal mountain to climb out of ordinary. For over 20 years, Nicole Bandes has studied the most effective methods to increase happiness and success in her own life and in business. She has gone on to helped thousands of people in their own personal journeys to reach their goals. Contact Nicole if you are ready to stop being ordinary and have a guided tour to reach your summit of success.

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2 Comments

  1. Interesting how some people view quoting and failing. Those same successful people have all had some failure from which they learned.

    And changing the rules required first learning them.

    I think the challenge is we compare life to a game which is finite. You can only quit life when you stop learning and doing things. When you stop caring about the future. When you stop going for what you want. Just because you change directions, does not mean you quit. It just means that you are rewriting the rules.

    Semantics are such a major part of how we look at everything and the word games in our head are critical to whether we quit or change the rules

  2. Love this Post – and I also know that it is important to realize that there are some manifestations that need to be SHED before the bigger overall vision can be born. Sometimes it’s wise to pick our battles – to gauge how much energy we have for the long haul – it doesn’t necessarily serve to hold on to something that isn’t working. I’ve quit something (owning and operating a Fine Art Gallery and Healing Arts Center) that was consuming time, energy and money. I was guided to close by my “upstairs team” – and as a result I took my business “out on the road” and now onto the Internet. I am now serving more people, more powerfully and with more grace and ease than I ever would have by persisting with trying to breathe life into a dead body. The bigger vision though of expressing my soul and helping people to heal the blocks to getting on their true path of destiny I won’t ever quit on – because that’s the guiding light of my soul and the reason that I’m here. How that mission is delivered can shift and morph significantly and I’m willing to be fluid with that.

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