When should you quit?

Quitting is not a popular topic; everybody talks about how to stretch yourself to achieve your goals, but truth be told, there are times when we are better off quitting something that does not work? But how do those times look like?

No one wants to be a quitter. But did you know Richard Branson quit playing golf so he could focus on his businesses, did you know Elon Musk quit being a cook to focus on the future and did you know Michael Phelps quit with a speaking coach to focus on swimming?

It’s ok to quit if you know it will allow you more time, money, resources, energy, or commitment for something else that’s among your priorities.

Here’s what’s been covered in a nutshell:

Through the course of our journeys, there will be times when we slide a bit. Seth Godin identifies three major indicators pointing to a quitting decision: the cliff, the dead end and the dip.

Wherever you are at in your life and you hear someone’s story, don’t be quick to dismiss their pain and suffering, comparing it to yours – which you think is deeper and more painful. You can not judge what people are going through because their pain tolerance is completely different than yours: their life expectations are different than yours, the way they were raised is different. You are not there to judge them, you are there to support them.

Jake then shares his experience with the Self Reset Power yearly events – some vulnerable and totally transparent stuff here ( 10:10). Still, he thinks he did not quit per se, he just changed paths.  There are people at the top of their game, but they still do a lousy job in other areas, because they had quit on working on those a long time ago. Quitting opens up the door for the next big thing.

Surprisingly, it took a lot of courage to quit. It takes courage to quit a lot of things: smoking, bad eating habits, dating the wrong person and so on. You should listen to the two voices within you: your mind and your gut. When you quit, you make a decision and your need to think it through behind instant gratification.

There are several times when you should quit:

    • when you have a better game plan: life’s experiences and professional experiences will increase your wisdom and you will find better ways. If there is a better way of getting from A to B, then pursue the new way, embark on a new path. But do not make decisions on the spur of the moment, though.
    • when what you are trying to attain is altering your priorities: we all have a hierarchy of needs, that is personal to us. We need to hit some of them everyday in order to be satisfied. Therefore, if what you do interferes with your priorities and thus hinders your overarching vision, then quit whatever you are doing. If you do not have your priorities in order, then you’d better set them down.
    • when what you are trying to achieve is hurting you and/or people around you: this hurting could take place in all sorts of areas:  financial, emotional, spiritual, physical, health, mental, etc. Obsession over things to the detriment of you or your loved ones is not beneficial to either you or your loved ones. Ask yourself difficult questions: “Is this helping you or hurting you?”, “Is this fulfilling you or not?”, “Is this stressing you out?”.  Don’t quit on a wimp, but do the right things for you and those around you!

These are just three ways to identify if you should quit. Quitting is not easy, but it will allow you to open the doors of something else. Take your time, plan, and make the right decisions that are right for you and your family.

Again never quit on yourself. You are all you have. Go out there and get after it.


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Jake Nawrocki
Jake Nawrocki
Motivational speaker, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Real Estate Owner, and Life Coach.

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