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.