A Radical Viewpoint on Quitting
Maybe you can relate to my story.
When I was a young teen, I tried a lot of different activities. I tried out for track, soccer, volleyball, acting and more.
I stuck with some of the activities, however, I ended up quitting a lot of them.
I would try something. Decide if I liked it. If I didn’t like it, I quit.
Unfortunately, this labeled me as a quitter.
It was a label that took me years to shake off.
It was years later that I really understood my behavior.
I’m not afraid to try new things. I love to experience life. If I try something new and don’t feel passionate about it or feel I can’t excel at it I don’t want to waste my time or other people’s time doing it.
So now I see quitting a little differently.
I wasn’t quitting. I was learning what I was passionate about.
How would I know what I love if I didn’t try?
The real problem with quitting is when you stop trying.
How many times have you stopped doing something you loved?
One lesson in life is that if you haven’t found what you are passionate about you haven’t tried long enough.
A part of knowing what you love is learning what you don’t love.
Notice the word learn. It’s an active word. What you love to do doesn’t fall out of the sky.
You need to do the experience life to learn.
I say don’t be afraid to try something new. And don’t be afraid to quit if you don’t like it.
Forget the naysayers who say you should stick with something you don’t love.
Life is too short for that nonsense.