Knowing when to quit

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Quitting is a big topic that I have wanted to cover for a while. Our society has a very negative stigma around quitting. Popular phrases like “No one likes a quitter” and “Never ever ever give up” are embedded into our brains from a very early age. We learn to be persistent, never backing down despite the torment we endure in the process. We never learn it is okay to give up. Here is a scenario when quitting is the right choice.

1) When you give more than you get

In college I was a member of student government for three years. Working on the behalf of the campus community energized me with a deep sense of purpose. Involvement in student gov’t became a ingrained into my identity. At the end of my junior year I decided to quit. Why? The culture of organization turned into a dangerously toxic environment. Soon the heavy emotional toll outweighed the gratification I received from my commitment, so I left. Whether it is a job, club/organization, or relationship there should always be a certain level of reciprocation. If not- then leave. Otherwise you will end up exhausted from the constant drain of energy while receiving nothing in return.

Good indictors of when to quit: Constant stress, constant aniexty, frustration, anger, feelings of bitterness, feelings of resentment, feeling emotionally drained.

Quotes to remember:

“There was a time before and there will be a time after” – Me

“Quitting is not giving up, it’s choosing to focus your attention on something more important. Quitting is not losing confidence, it’s realizing that there are more valuable ways you can spend your time. Quitting is not making excuses, it’s learning to be more productive, efficient and effective instead. Quitting is letting go of things (or people) that are sucking the life out of you so you can do more things that will bring you strength.”
Osayi Emokpae Lasisi, Impossible Is Stupid
Hope this helps. If you have questions leave a commment! – Barry

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