The Truth About Quitting

Pivoting is stopping one thing to make room for another. Quitting is giving up on your dreams. Know the difference!

“The trouble with most people is that they quit before they start.” — Thomas Edison

Quitting is a matter of perspective.

And the only perspective that matters is yours. Don’t make the mistake of hanging on just to meet someone else’s expectations. You are not on this glorious earth to live someone else’s life.

Get after what you want and need. Drop the rest.

In a nutshell, quitting is giving up on your dreams, not someone else’s.

  • Stick it out.

  • Hang in there a little longer.

  • Fight the good fight.

All great encouragement for what is meaningful. All terrible advice for what is not. Know the difference!

Let’s get something out of the way right now. The definition of “quit” is to stop doing something or to leave a place. I am not referring to the technical definition. I am specifically targeting its use to belittle someone.

Coach Willis is a quitter! He stopped making YouTube videos. I did stop making videos (for now). But I didn’t quit. I pivoted to other things I found more valuable. I learned a great deal, and it will serve me well later.

Pivoting is a change in direction:

  • You reach the level of skill you need.

  • You try something new, and you’re ready to move on.

  • You change as a person and look to new adventures.

Quitting is the conscious decision to forsake your meaning and dreams with excuses born of fear and discomfort:

  • The effort is too great.

  • I don’t have what it takes to finish.

  • The time and conditions are not right.

All examples of REAL quitting.

Quitting is a tragedy. Instead of belittling people, lift them up. Help them get back in the game. Sometimes all it takes is a small gesture of kindness.

🤔 Food for Thought:

Did you recently pivot or change direction such that you decided to stop doing something?

Did you recently quit something of meaning? Are you back in the game yet?

⚙️ One Small Step:

If your heart just isn’t in something that doesn’t hold meaning, then stop. Your time is better spent elsewhere. You are not a quitter. You are not a disappointment. You are simply stopping one thing to make room for another.