Quitting is generally seen as a bad thing. It is synonymous with giving up, not following through, or losing. Quitting anything you enjoyed once or endure currently and have found a way to live with can be seen as Negative, even to you. The uncertainty of what will happen is why people stay in a situation that most times no longer serves them
I tried looking for a quote to support this but found none. Instead, every quote on success says you should not QUIT. here’s a few:
There are 1,232,321 quotes against quitting (I did not count) but none on why and when you should quit.
This is why some people stay stuck in a situation that no longer serves them.
You might be wondering, what exactly should you quit and why?
Well here are examples of when quitting is good for you
You should quit bad habits that don’t serve you and move you to your goal
You should quit draining relationships
You should quit an abusive relationship
You should quit a job you no longer find joy in
You most definitely should quit anything that hinders your joy, growth, and happiness
One famous example of a “quitter” who became successful as a result is Mark Zuckerberg. He left his studies at Harvard to focus on a little website called Facebook. You can also read similar stories like his own here
I don’t know you and your circumstances, you are in the best position to know if there is something that you should let go of… But before you go quitting something important, There is one very important question you should ask yourself
This question is important because quitting is not for everyone and it is difficult to know if quitting is the right step for you at the moment.
“ Is my current activities helping me get to the goal I want the most?”
This question brings clarity in the following ways.
“Why am I doing this?” ( You get to question why you got started)
“Is this adding value to my life?” ( You question where it is leading you to)
If the answers are YES then you are still on course, you can decide to pivot or find something to make your results come faster.
Like I said, You are the only one with all the right answers. Only YOU know the whole truth about your situation.
Quitting does not have to be impulsive. It is usually hard to quit a situation suddenly especially when you are deeply entrenched and have spent time, money, and energy on it. It can be a slow or fast process depending on your unique circumstances
There are situations that call for an immediate end and others that can be drawn out. E.g quitting an abusive relationship where you are physically at risk of being injured should be immediate as against quitting a job when you do not have a backup plan or a course of action to take…
Why it is Hard to Quit…
Ever heard of sunk cost bias?
Sunk cost bias, the mistaken belief that something is worth sticking with just because you invested a lot of time into it, even if you didn’t like it, or enjoy doing it. – Lifehack.org
This is the cause of many ongoing abusive relationships, hurt feelings, bad books read, etc.
If you’re stuck in a relationship you’ve invested years in, quitting can be extremely painful and difficult to go through because you’ve spent a lot of time and invested a lot of emotional energy. However, if you should see that as time spent not working your goal. The sunk cost bias loses most of its power and appeal
Sunk cost bias shows itself not just in awful relationships, but also in experiences where you or someone you know stays because they’ve paid, spent time on it. It is also the reason why when someone gets scammed, they’d usually close their eyes to signs that they might have been duped and instead choose to keep pouring money into a failed venture.
So quitting is a good thing when it no longer aligns with your goals
Ah.. finally a quote that can be relatable
“Before there was corn, the chicken had always been feeding, if corn is taken away, it would find a way to keep feeding” – Yoruba proverb
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” – Albert Einstern