When will you quit?

Published on September 29, 2011

A High Achiever, Success Oriented, Goal Setting, Entrepreneur or Top Tiered Manager never quits.

Quit while you’re ahead? No Way. There’s still more success to be had.


As a High Achiever, I feel proud of that fact, do you? A more difficult question, though, does your family feel proud that you never quit? Not your mom or dad per se, but your partner or spouse? What about your children?


They may feel proud of you and see your value as a High Achiever, but in your refusal to quit, do they feel loved, appreciated, and cared for?

I often think of the inspirational words of Winston Churchill, especially when I am feeling tired, at a roadblock, or running out of ideas.‎


"Never, never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

One day recently I was thinking about ‘never giving up’ and something struck me: ‘Giving Up’ and ‘Quitting’ are not the same thing.

  • If I give up on a task, I’ve lost hope and my dreams move out of reach.
  • If I quit a task, I may have just made the best decision of my life.


Quitting time. Not a concept we hear very much about these days. It does, in fact, conjure up images of a business model that you have purposely walked away from to better pursue your dreams. Quitting time is not realistic for many entrepreneurs and Top Tiered Managers.

I am asking you to rethink quitting time. Quitting time means you have a sense of being done, at least for this day, this hour, this moment.  There will always be more to do. When do you get to stop (quit) in order to be with the ones you love?

Without a definitive quitting time, you will always have your phone in hand or iPad nearby. Your mind will be racing on to the next thing on your to-do list or worrying about something that is scheduled tomorrow. Your attention will be divided and I guarantee, your family will notice.

It’s quitting time. When will you quit? When a son or daughter says, “Mom!  You missed my game again?!”, “Dad! I thought you were going to help me with my piano lesson!” or a spouse says, “I didn’t think you’d be home, I’m going out with my friends again.”

  • If you aren’t sure whether your kid knows how to ride a bike, or you don’t know if your teenager is too old to love Justin Beiber, it’s quitting time.
  • If your lawn needs mowing, the gutters need cleaning, and the flowerbeds need weeding and you planned to do it with your spouse or partner last weekend, it’s quitting time.
  • If your carpal tunnel is flaring up, your skin is getting pasty, and the blood flow to your bottom is cut off from sitting too long, it’s quitting time.


I didn’t say GIVE UP, I agree with the wise Prime Minister Churchill, "Never, never, never, never give up." Never lose hope on your dreams, your goals, or your passions.

I promise, though, if you take your family with you on the path to your dreams; if you quit when you need to quit and start again when it’s time to get back to it, then you will find the success you crave and have a family to share and enjoy it with!

Come home (or out of your office) today and shock them. Smile and say, “Quittin’ Time!” and then show them what it means.




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