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Twice in the last week, I’ve had people say to me, expecting agreement,

Winners never quit. You know that, right? You’ve won a world championships, founded several companies, earned a Ph.D. You never would have done that if you quit.

I would like to go on record with my opinion.

That idea that winners never quit is complete and total bullshit.

I have accomplished a lot of things in my life and it would never have happened if I hadn’t quit other things.

If I hadn’t done that all of that,  I would never have co-founded Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc., never founded The Julia Group, never co-founded 7 Generation Games, never written grants for tens of millions of dollars that paid for college scholarships, tutors for high school students, substance abuse counseling, vocational rehabilitation, development of online courses and educational software.

I’m pretty certain that everything I accomplished in life has come about because I DID quit a lot of things when they were no longer rewarding, productive or the right choice for me.

Yes, there are people who give up at the first sign of difficulty, and this is a mistake.

There are also people who go down the wrong path for far too long.

In fact, you cannot pursue an infinite number of opportunities. It would be nice if a new opportunity presented itself exactly when you had finished the previous one, if there were no dead ends and never a need to make adjustments in plans, but that’s not how the world works.

There is also the possibility that quitting is not final – but that’s a post for another day.

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6 Comments so far

  1. enigmachine on December 13, 2015 7:13 pm

    Absolutely. Quitting can be tactical. Old phrases linger because they’re correct, one of which is: “Quit while you’re ahead.”

  2. Jared Miller on December 13, 2015 9:50 pm

    If only the story of our perceived failures was told we all would look like complete losers, but ALL of the most successful people in the world have quit, failed, or changed course at one point in their lives leading to much greater things, much higher mountains.

  3. Coco Phoenix on December 14, 2015 8:47 pm

    I have never heard anyone tackle the idea of “Winners Never Quit” in such a logical & convincing way. Your examples were perfect.

  4. Arthur Tabachneck on December 16, 2015 6:04 pm

    A possibly more correct statement, that may not be bullshit, is that continual winners never quit trying to achieve what they think (and continue to evaluate) that which they think they should be doing.

  5. Andrew Giarnella on December 20, 2015 12:31 pm

    I don’t believe you ever quit. You simply move on and add to what you have learned and experienced. I have been amazed how years after “moving on” to different endeavors that things that I have learned years before have come in to play.

    I believe that our mind is like a computer. Everything you have ever experienced stays with you in your minds file. Even if you trash it it still remains on your brains’ hard drive and can be recovered.

    To quit means to give up. Your mind doesn’t allow you to give up.

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