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Why Knowing When To Quit Can Lead You To Success


Why Knowing When To Quit Can Lead You To Success
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Note: This is a guest post by Vincent of HealthMoneySuccess.com.

Winners do quit and quitters do win

Whenever we start a new project or hobby, it is always going to be interesting and exciting. Who doesn’t love new things? The problem is every project or hobby that is new, always hit a low point at some time and then it doesn’t seems that fun anymore because the task seem more difficult now.

This is the time where the real challenges start. You are going to decide whether you are going to keep on at it or just quit the whole thing immediately.

When not to quit

Whenever we start a new hobby or project, the momentum we are gathering will help us to see the results fast but as the time goes by, we discovered that even though we had increased our effort, the results doesn’t seems to reflect that. This is the low point we will meet and it is this low point that separate the successful and the mediocre.

Who doesn’t want to be a CEO of a fortune 500 company, getting into Harvard or being drafted by a NBA team? We think of the easy life we can have when we reach the peak but it is the this low point that we must go through before we can hit the peak.

In order you to be drafted into the NBA, you need to spend countless of hours honing your skills and shooting the hoops, it is only if you can get through the hard part (the daily practices for years) then you are allowed to join the elites.

No matter what we do, we are bound to face the low point and most of the people quit at that point because things just seem so tough. Successful people knew that they are going to face the low point but they don’t quit, because they knew that the low point act as the separator for the mediocre and the successful.

If you want to be successful, it is silly to quit at the at that point because you know that in order to reap the rewards, you must go through the filtering system that separate the successful and the mediocre.

When To Quit?

The age old advice of telling you to stick to your task no matter what is useless in this modern world. Will you stick to your job if it is paying you 500 bucks a month when another employer is willing to offer you 5000 bucks a month? I bet that you will choose the 2nd option.

Whenever we start a new project or job, it is important for us to have a long term view of what is the reward in it and is it of a certain value that you think is worth going for. If you think that the long term value of the project is not worth the effort of going through the low point, then don’t even bother starting it.

Easy as it sound, but people are afraid of quitting dead end projects. The dead end projects that you will only see the same result (or worse) even though you are increasing your effort you put into it. People are afraid of quitting because quitting is a change and human do not like change. It also take lots of courage to quit doing the things that you had put so much effort into it because it will make you feel that you had wasted the energy you put in it in the past, but quitting a dead end project is going to free up your resources to do other things that provides more value in return.

In A Nutshell

When you find that what you doing does not reap enough value for you in the long run quit it. Quitting it can help you to focus your energy on other places where you can succeed.

The greater the value you can get in the end, the deeper the low point and the tougher it is. It is also not a great idea to quit in a low point because quitting in whichever low point you are facing will just make you a serial quitter and it will turn out that you will always quit whenever things are looking tough and everything we do will have a tough period.

When facing the low point, you know the tremendous amount of reward is waiting for you after you get through it and this will help to motivate you to get pass it. The low point is your friend too, because if you can find a low point so deep that no one even want to step into it but you can get through it, be prepared to enjoy the tremendous rewards of being the best in that field. Finding a deep low point and getting through it is the key to be outstanding and successful.

The first part of being successful is finding the low point and getting through it, the second part will be knowing when to quit. So are you still doing dead end projects? Quit it and focus on finding the low point that will propel you to success.

Vincent blogs about personal development to help people to achieve what they want. You can read more of his articles to help you streamline your way to success at Hit Your Goals at HealthMoneySuccess.com. If you like his article, why not subscribe to his blog to receive his latest articles in your email.

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  • Faith February 17, 2009, 5:18 pm

    This is so true. I have just recently abandoned some useless activities. They were distractions from other more important goals I have. You really do need to know when to quit.

  • Yes, But Still.. February 17, 2009, 9:12 pm

    Nice post!

    You might want to check out the book ‘the dip’, it’s very related to your current post, and you might enjoy it:

    http://sethgodin.typepad.com/the_dip/

  • Sacha Chua February 17, 2009, 9:32 pm

    I can’t help but be struck by the similarity of this (including the diagrams) to Seth Godin’s book, The Dip. Read that for a clear, motivational, and insightful look at this issue.

  • Arswino February 18, 2009, 9:31 am

    Hi Vincent, I love this part : Successful people knew that they are going to face the low point but they don’t quit, because they knew that the low point act as the separator for the mediocre and the successful.
    Great article Vincent, thanks for sharing.

  • Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome February 18, 2009, 9:55 am

    I’d like to merge the two graphs actually.

    I don’t want unending growth – I think that’s been part of our global economic problems: aiming for perpetual growth.

    My goal is to reach a certain level where my life-work balance is good and I’m earning decently, and then plateauing there in a steady state economic model rather than continuous growth.

  • Vincent February 18, 2009, 10:55 am

    @Hi Faith,

    Great to see you taking action to shave off tasks that are not in alignment to your more important goals. By doing this, we can increase our productivity and get more valuable things done as a result.

    @Hi Yes But Still and Sacha Chua

    Thanks for the recommendation and I had read the book. Seth Godin had written in much more depth in this topic than I had and I too recommend anyone reading this article to get the book. :)

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  • Believe Achieve - Hugo and Roxanne February 18, 2009, 12:16 pm

    Good Post!

    The actions we take when we’re met with a low point certainly does seperates the Successful from the Mediocre. Many of our worlds greatest entrepreneurs and leaders achieved great success after many setbacks.

    And when we hit a plateau in a current project, we necessarily don’t need to “quit.” Why not just try a different approach, implementing a fresh idea before throwing in the towel. Doing so will bring about more accomplished projects.

    Many Blessings….
    Roxanne and Hugo ~ Believe Achieve

  • Tony @ Gear Moda February 18, 2009, 8:08 pm

    I have read the Dip by Seth Godin several times, and it has had an life changing impact on me.

  • Beth February 19, 2009, 2:46 am

    The obvious truth… plagiarism

  • CrystalCoach February 28, 2009, 10:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful piece. I am inspired :)

  • John June 9, 2009, 9:31 pm

    Too many basic spelling and grammatical errors to be readable.