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You surely must have heard it all…There is a stigma attached to quitting. Many people believe that strong and successful people do not quit, they keep fighting till they get to the top.
Success is largely said to be embedded in overcoming hurdles and the more you have suffered to get through something, the more successful some people think you are…
The manner the ‘concept of quitting’ has been presented to us over the years has soiled the humility and nobleness that comes with quitting.
There is nothing wrong with quitting in life. What time you quit or what you have to quit determines whether your action is the best option or not.
A few years ago when I finished University, I had a well-paying job. It took me less than 30 minutes to get to work every morning. I had several great work colleagues and soon after I took up the job, I had a promotion. It was not a big promotion but it added some extra pounds to my salary.
From outside, it seemed I was living the life and my friends saw me as the lucky one since most of them were struggling to find jobs.
However, I hated this job. Nothing about the job made me happy…I had to struggle and drag myself out of bed each morning to get to the office. Though my body was in the office from Mondays to Fridays, I do not remember a single day that my spirit went to work with me. I never took my eyes off the clock in the office since I couldn’t wait to leave.
For almost two years, I lived my life this way. Even though I considered quitting the job several times, I had unconsciously bought into the idea that quitting was for losers and there was no way I was going to be a loser in life.
Quitting was not my only problem…I was scared of the future. Quit the job and go out there to do what? Join my job-seeking friends who could hardly afford a takeaway?
What I did not realize was that there are times when quitting is perfectly right. There are times when quitting brings the success in you. There are times you fail yourself because you fail to quit. There are times the challenge needed to overcome is to have the courage to quit. This was one of such times…
When I discussed quitting the job with my friends and family, most of them called me silly names. The recession was bad and it was not easy to find a job. Many of my friends have been searching for close to 2 years without even an interview. The few friends who understood my plight advised that I stay in the job, manage with the struggle until I find another that will bring me the satisfaction and happiness –then I can quit.
Though this was the best advice anyone could possibly give, I couldn’t go through with it. I kept tormenting myself each day I had to walk to the office…I had no connection with the job, I did not get any satisfaction and fulfilment from the job. I hated myself for being there.
I went to the office empty and came back home hollow each day…Eventually; I resigned and left the job.
I did not know what was next for me, I did not know where the next month paycheque would come from and I did not know if I would ever find a satisfying job. However, one thing I knew for sure was that, quitting lifted a burden off my shoulders…
I felt more successful and proud than ever…Quitting gave me the satisfaction and the drive to chase my uncertain future.
For the next couple of months, I spent a lot of time online reading several blogs and that is how I found my blogging passion. I knew I love to write and share my opinions about things but then quitting challenged me to pursue that passion…
My bank account became less than it was the next couple of months. But I became happier and felt very successful with the little compared to when I had that job hanging around my neck. Many years down the line, the path I left quit my job to take has been really profitable as I make 10 times what I would have been receiving from the job now.
All I am telling you is that, when you find yourself in a situation and you have to consider available options, do not totally discard ‘quitting’. It could be the best option…It could be the only option that would fetch you the success and joy you need.
When has quitting anything brought you joy? When has quitting been the best for you in life? When does quitting mean success to you?
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