QUITTING: Sense of “leave, depart” is attested from c.1400; that of “stop” (doing something) is from the 1640s. Meaning “to give up, relinquish” is from mid-15c.
Giving up is easy, and it’s infinitely more comfortable to think up myriad excuses why we quit than to tough it out, to persist. Lance Armstrong, wrote, “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”
And when we are tempted to quit, we should remember why we initiated the adventure in the first place. Many a South African has ruined their life by running back to South Africa’s crime-ridden shores and White genocide when things got hard in their new country after immigrating. We tend to forget the process of building a highrise. You have to go way down and build the foundation before reaching for the stars – something that seems neverending if we don’t maintain an objective, unattached perspective.
But, that being said, IS THERE IS A TIME TO QUIT? And should we dump our final objective, or simply change or alter the way we attain it?
First, if our values, priorities, and circumstances have changed in such a way that the original objective is no longer important, necessary, or worth the effort, especially compared with other options, by all means, cut bait. And don’t be locked in by the Sunk Cost Fallacy or the opinions of others. NEVER consider the opinions of others; it’s your life, and you only get one. Kimberly K. Jones said, “The time to quit is before you wish you had.”
Second, by all means, adjust your methods if you find a more affordable, smarter, quicker, or more effective way of reaching your goals. That’s why it’s good to use Leverage and Collaboration when planning your goal-achieving systems – save a lot of time and money by creating win/win, piggybacking systems that can whisk you along the fast track to your target, like we did when we created IPS Safety Inc. and the IPS Wellness Foundation.
If I want a new bicycle, I don’t start learning how to build a good bicycle and practicing my hacksaw skills; I simply pop along to the local bike shop and buy one. So sometimes, it’s smarter to dump the old ego and make your dreams come true by joining up with people who have more experience, better skills and connections, a ready-made, proven system, and a lucrative reward process already in place, than to learn how from scratch. Consider talking with me to see if there’s a place on our vibrant, exciting IPS Team for you.
Finally, when a born entrepreneur finally quits working for a boss, as I did 30 years ago, he will know, in retrospect, that it was one of the best, most liberating decisions he ever made.
P.S. I took this photo of a deer at a stream – it reminded me of freedom. “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1