Quitting is not something we tend to encourage. Its normally seen as being on the far end of the spectrum of success. If you quit, you gave up.
Despite the negative connotation it holds, quitting isn’t something to be ashamed of.
Its simply knowing when to quit.
Seth Godin says it best, “Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time”.
Its important to know when to leave something that doesn’t make you happy or maybe doesn’t align with who you are and what your goals are.
There are many opportunities and endeavors that I began and put my all into, but found that they weren’t something that made me happy. It is hard quitting, but I also have to think about what is best for me and my goals for the future.
This doesn’t mean I just stop showing up when the going gets tough. I know the difference between something that is difficult and something that isn’t for me. I also quit the right away, and that is by being honest with the people and places you are quitting. You have to know when to walk away.
Sometimes we don’t want to leave something because we invested so much into it or we are afraid of what comes next. You have to think about what is bringing you a greater sense of well-being. Sometimes if we don’t take the opportunity to walk away we stay in places, relationships, jobs, etc., that don’t bring the mental and physical wellness that they should.
If I didn’t gain the courage to quit things that made me unhappy or weren’t healthy to my well-being, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Quitting lead me to figuring out what I love and brought me closer to who I am as an individual. You should never stay somewhere where you are unhappy. Life is too short.