Quitting at the right time…

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This is important for many professionals to understand.

People too often have the potential of making a difference and being an important figurehead of their area of work / interest, but they quit at the wrong time. This is true if they’re running companies, working somewhere, or just working on whatever interests them.

Seth Godin’s new book is about Quitting, explained here. He speaks about a “dip” which comes in every work that every person undertakes — the dip is when things are hard and painful and you feel like you’re eating medicine when all you want is fruit. Seth says that the dip is just the wrong time to quit.

The right time to quit is when a person feels that he/she cannot learn anything more and no matter what he / she can do the results are unlikely to improve with the resources or knowledge that he / she possesses.

Quoting the linked article:

On the other hand, if you’re taught to be average and to stick it out
and to be a person that keeps his head down and do what you’re told,
you’re doing your best. But when the pain is too great, you quit. You
can’t get beyond that. Nobody quits the Boston marathon when there’s a
mile to go. What distinguishes those who quit at the wrong time from
those who don’t is that the latter group gets through the dip because
they can visualize the other side.

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  • Actually in our part of the world, quitting is not ‘oh i’ve had enough’ type of thing. Most of the working class works for food here. We don’t have the luxury of planning for retirement and most of us spend their whole lives to meet both ends meet.

  • But Kashif that’s more regarding people who switch jobs.. I mean people who just quit, and give up.

    The article and Seth’s book apparently explains Mr. Ferrari quitting his company to form Ferrari, which was great for him, but emphasizes that that was a result of him feeling that his career path with his firm had come to a dead end.

    That could happen for career growth / money etc as well and it might be OK to quit for a better opportunity — as long as a professional process is followed (which it never is).

    What I mean here is people who just quit and give up especially in the heat of deadlines and work that requires super-human endurance from them. It happens, but I’d say those guys dont go far.

    That’s got nothing to do with the rat-race for food.

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