Why you should quit sucky things and move on with your life.
Yesterday I took on a freelance writing gig. Ghostwriting for a well-known influencer, you would know the name if I told you, and today I quit.
At first, it seemed like a great opportunity, but as things went on I started to get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. After some discussion with the client, I had the feeling this wasn’t going to be for me.
This morning, waking up feeling refreshed, I sat down at my laptop, drafted an email, and quit the gig like a winner.
This was a tough choice. It completely goes against my upbringing. I was raised under common mantras like “Always finish what you start.” and “Winners never quit.”
Well, I’ve learned this isn’t true. Winners quit all the time.
The problem with sticking things out that don’t align with our values and goals is the fact that it’s a giant waste of time. If I had continued with today's assignment I would have wasted the next several days of my life.
Not only would I have wasted time, but I would also have sacrificed mental bandwidth and personal happiness — two things that I guard fiercely.
High performers, man I hate that term, and no, I don’t consider myself a high performer, understand full and well that time is the most valuable resource.
Quitting is a tool to be used when things don’t feel right and a swift and sudden change needs to be made. No one should feel guilty after quitting something that is going to save them time or reduce stress.
In fact, quitting is often the best decision we can make. The idea of always finishing what you start not only wastes time but often wastes the time of others.
Had I continued with this writing project, I am sure I would have worked at it half-heartedly. Not only do we do ourselves a favor by quitting, but under the right circumstances, we do others a favor as well.
Now I don’t think it’s okay to quit everything. There are things we should stick with. Diets and exercise come to mind and even though those things can be difficult, they do contribute to overall health.
But I think the things that can’t possibly have a positive outcome should be dumped and dumped fast, regardless of arbitrary rules that have influenced our psyche.
It’s okay to quit and to be honest, it should be celebrated. Knowing when to quit is a sign of maturity and good decision-making skills.
If you are quitting something that isn’t going to improve the quality of your life you are saving yourself time, heartache, and in some cases undue stress.
Not only that, you may be giving someone the gift of time, by not wasting theirs.
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