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Most of us have grown up hearing, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” Sound good, but is it always true? Career coach Dan Miller challenges us to consider what road we are on and, if it is the wrong one, quit and change directions. If you were driving from Paducah to Nashville and the sign said “St Louis 50 miles”, would you continue on, or even speed up? Would you simply “try harder?” Of course not. You would change directions even if it meant going the opposite direction for a while in order to get on the right road.
While we don’t have huge traffic signs charting our career path, it is nevertheless very possible that you are headed the wrong direction. It may be time for you to quit and go a different direction. What holds you back? Could it be the mindset that quitters never win?
Quitting a job does not mean that you are quitting your commitment to support your family. It simply means that you are not going to waste more of your precious time doing something you hate and is taking you nowhere.
Yes, this is scary for most of us. And quitting today with no plans for tomorrow is not wise or prudent. The key is to begin the thinking process that there may be something better for you. Ask yourself these questions:
- What am I passionate about?
- If money was no object, what would I be doing with my life?
- What would I like to be doing five years from now?
- What do I need to be doing now in order to be where I want to be in five years?
Remember: persistence is important only if you are on the right track. Miller points out that If you are a duck trying to climb a tree, persistence is only going to make your webbed feet too sore for swimming.
Sometimes quitting the wrong thing takes guts. We default to what we already know rather than risk trying something new. How about you? Should you be a quitter? I hope you have the courage to go for it.