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Today’s Myth: “Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit”

Balderdash.  We grew up with that saying – in fact, I had it inscribed in our football locker room in high school.  But the truth is – we need to know when it’s time to walk away.  There are plenty of projects, clients, and ideas that don’t work, and there’s no honor in fighting a losing battle.  Better to retreat, regroup, and refocus.  What are the projects, people, or things in your life that you need to quit?  What are the necessary endings that need to happen for you to get to the next level in your life and career?

Don’t break a promise, or leave someone hanging.  But if you can do it with integrity, then stop sticking with something because of guilt.  Real winners know when to change horses.  They know when it’s time to move on.

Have you struggled with this myth?  Better – have you learned the importance of moving on when the time is right?  Let me know….

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  1. My struggle is knowing when “moving on” means breaking a committment or promise. Sometimes necessary, never easy, and not to be taken lightly for sure.

  2. Yep. If you quit doing stupid stuff, that makes you a winner.

    It’s real important to understand the meaning of “winner”!

  3. After 14 years at the same employer I began feeling like I was not being allowed to make a difference anymore, although most people valued me greatly.  It was a tough realization, yet an easy decision to submit my resignation and move on to a new challenge.  I grew up believing a similar saying, “Second place is just the first loser.” but in this case it wasn’t about winning.  It was about needing a change.  A new game.  A new challenge. A new atmosphere.

    I wouldn’t say I have struggled with this myth but I have definitely faced it head on and have no regrets about the change I made.

    1. This is a very good thought. I have done media for 15 years. Lately I’ve been feeling there are other things I’d like to pursue before I’m too old.. I’m 52 now. . I’m going back to school now with the hope to incorporate what I’m learning with what I know.

  4. I’m reluctant to quit anything, which makes me very selective about what I commit to. Doing an MBA, writing a book – these are all things I considered very carefully because I know they seem ‘nice ideas’ at the time. However, with some things you simply have to pull the plug. I have friends who lost their marriage through endless home renovations, or the pressures of grinding poverty. Achieving ‘your dream’ is not worth sacrificing your marriage or relationship with God.

  5. The people that struggle with this the most are highly talented people because they’re smart and can pretty well do anything. They’re high strung, driven, distrustful, and try to do the work of many.

    But the person who knows how to work through relationships will triumph and make many people successful including himself. That’s what I strive to be.

    If you can stand a little levity inserted into this serious discussion, I believe the quote on the demotivational poster says it best.
    “Winners never quit, and quitters never win, but those who never quit and never win are idiots.” 🙂
    “A man has to know his limitations.” – Harry Calahan (Dirty Harry)

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