I feel like giving up. Not all day, of course. But there are moments in my life where I feel like giving up. I bet that you have those days, too. Especially, if you’re the type of the high-achieving and goal-oriented person. You’re probably used to running into obstacles-be it the challenges in your professional career, personal life or even related to the commitment of finish reading the book that you have bought a month ago.
Most of the time, we deal with these obstacles by preserving-keeping the spirit of moving on forward. Sometimes, there are times when we get discouraged so we turn into inspirational writing and quotes by other successful people who made it through to be inspired. Vince Lombardi once said that ‘Quitters never win and winners never quit”. In fact, most people quit. They just don’t quit successfully.
“Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time”.
Many professions and organizations profit from people quitting that’s because our society assumes you’re going to quit. For instance, why not everyone get into the Law School or Medical School directly after graduating from high school? They quit their quest to be the best in the world because the cost just seemed too high.
Extraordinary benefits accrue to the people who are able to push a tiny bit longer than the most of people. It also occurs to the people with the guts to quit early and refocus their efforts working on something new.
Quitting is often a great strategy-be it in businesses or personal life. It is a smart way to manage your life and your career. Being hardworking and putting longer hours in something is no longer enough. Especially if the hard work isn’t going to pay off the results that you are expecting for. Don’t get me wrong. I always believe that hard work will lead to success. But if by putting longer hours into something, then why people less talented than you are more successful?
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
Entrepreneurs quit most of the time when their businesses has become a failure. But they continue to pursue other things and eventually they got it through. Strategic quitting is good. While serial quitting is bad and will never get you anywhere. You really can’t try to be good at everything especially if you are aiming to be the best in the world. When you pursue an opportunity, you are quitting other countless opportunities. It’s not about avoiding the humiliation of failure. Even more important, you can realize that quitting the stuff you don’t care about or the stuff you’re mediocre at frees up your resources to be obsess about the things that matters to you.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it”.
To be a superstar, you must do something exceptional than most of the people do. Something so extraordinary that people can’t help but talk about it, recommend it and choose it. Average is for losers. Average feels safe but it’s not. It’s almost invisible. It’s the last choice. You deserve better than average!