How would you feel if someone called you a “quitter”?
My guess is – not good. You might feel hurt, guilty or upset. You almost certainly wouldn’t feel proud of yourself.
Quitting gets a bad rap. We’re often encouraged, from an early age, to stick with our projects at all costs – even when we’re totally fed up. You might have come across quotes like Napoleon Hill’s “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”
Frankly, that’s nonsense. Lots of successful people achieve their real goals by knowing when to quit. You could waste years of your life beating your head against a brick wall – when the real way forwards was to quit, and start something new.
I like the way W.C. Fields puts it:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.
So how do you know when to try again – and when to quit? Here are four warning signs that make quitting a perfectly valid option. [read]