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What comes to mind when you hear the word “QUIT”?

I have to admit, some of the things I associate with quitting aren’t flattering. I’ve always associated quitting with other words like:

  • Loser
  • Failure
  • Pathetic
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Rejection
  • Inferior
  • Defeat

Many of us think along these lines because we live in a culture that has WAY oversimplified what it means to quit something.

Most people are raised to believe that “patience is a virtue” and “persistence wins out in the end”. Obviously, there is a lot of truth to these things in the right context – but perhaps it isn’t fair to cast such a negative light on ALL people who have ever quit something.

I read an interesting book this past week called The Dip by Seth Godin and it gave me a fresh new perspective on the subject of Quitting. At the beginning of this book, Godin cites a quote from Vince Lombardi (perhaps you’ve heard it before):

“Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

He follows this with:

“Bad advice. Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.”

What exactly does it mean to quit something? Does it mean “defeat” or “discovery”? Does it mean “failure” or “future”? Does it mean “rejection” or “recovery”?

When I think about the things I’ve decided to quit in life, I usually came to this decision to “pull the plug” when I realized that there were some new (and significantly better) directions that I needed to go in life. It didn’t lead me to a destination of failure – conversely, it usually led to a new stage of maturity, or perhaps an opportunity that opened up a lot of doors for me.

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