You’ve Got to know when to Quit

Do you know when to quit? - Life is about achieving your goals, pursuing both ambitious and unambitious things to actually get where we want to go. No one likes to go to a place of work they dread, but it needs to be done, to bring in money.

We have a choice in life, we can work in an environment we hate for the rest of our lives, or we can do the things we hate for a short while, and work towards something we want to do for the rest of our lives…

The things we don’t enjoy doing are the steps in which we take towards our journey for what ever success we want to pursue in life.

Unfortunately many people quit at the first hurdle… this is a problem because if you’re one of those people, and are used to throwing in the towel quickly, you’ll always find an excuse to quit, and you’ll get nowhere in life. Bitter fact but its true…

If at first you don’t succeed, try approaching it at different angle…

Understandably there are many situations that are beyond our control, that forces us to quit the things we don’t want to quit in life… and in some cases you are left with no other options.

Know When to Quit In Business

Building a business takes time and further more money, most of us understand the values of having to go to a workplace we dread to make money so that we can build our businesses, our future, so that one day we won’t have to work in that rut we dread anymore. A similar scene can be applied to anything else in life not just in business.

Quitting isn’t something we talk about much in business or in blogging here on this blog. No one likes to be a quitter and further more no one likes to quit at anything… However there are many people who quit for the lamest excuses ever… here are some prime examples -

  1. I don’t like my job, but I don’t have no other choice right now… I guess I’ll just quit…
  2. I’ve been working on this blog for two weeks now and still no success… I’m quitting
  3. I’m never going to loose weight; I’m going to quit the gym…
  4. I can’t quit smoking… I’m too lazy or it’s not possible…

I think you get the drift here…

However… there are times when you simply don’t have a choice but to not go on. I want to share with you three occasions in business, when you can actually say to yourself – ‘enough is enough, I’m not going anywhere with this’

Let’s take a closer look.

Know when to quit

Quit Now… Do you know when to quit?

It simply isn’t working

This could be absolutely anything… For example, a marketing strategy or a business model that you’ve been working on for a long time; If after months and months or perhaps in some cases even years of hard work, and you’re still yet to see any results from your efforts, it’s time to seriously consider the options of ‘quitting’, especially after that length of time…

But wait…

Not quitting entirely, but more over quitting the strategy you’ve been working on, and think of something new. Use a different angle…

You’re losing money too fast

I know what it’s like to invest money and trust into something that you believed would work, something that you hoped to profit from in the shortfall but haven’t.

Some businesses continue to believe that the more money they plough in, they will eventually reap the results of their efforts. Unfortunately this rarely happens, eventually those businesses end up hung out to dry and even flushed down the gutter.

Recognise those faults before this happens and know when to quit. Stop wasting money on products or methods that don’t work or produce results and start to focus on methods that do.

You have no other choice but to quit now…

The motto ‘if you first don’t succeed try again, and then quit…’ is our last exception.

We’re all passionate individuals about building our businesses. We all want to be successful. But many people don’t get to taste that bit of success. Some people continue to try different angles, different tactics and endless various other methods for years on end before realising they’re wasting their time, money and energy. Is that a bad thing?

Yes and no…

People who continue to chow through the storms year after year are often tarred as dream chasers, but we’re all part of that dream chasing race. It’s who we are and what we do to follow our ambitions, in one way or another.

However if all else fails to the very bitter end, you simply can’t continue to make yourself believe that you’re working on something, but something that really doesn’t work.

If all else fails, only then should you consider quitting and starting something totally new, new by going back to the drawing board.

What are your thoughts, do you know when to quit?

Let me know your thoughts and reactions on the subject of ‘knowing when to quit’. Have you had to quit something that hasn’t worked for you, or even something that you didn’t want to quit perhaps? Leave me your thoughts and comments below as always.

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About Samantha Wright

Samantha Wright is the second editor and co-founder of She was awarded MasterCard Business Woman of the Year in 2007 and now loves to share her knowledge and insights in small business marketing. In her spare time Samantha is also a keen surf photographer, and loves to cook. Samantha currently works for Mole Valley Forage Services as a customer service unit manager. You can follow Samantha on Facebook.


  1. Fabrizio says:

    Hi Sammy, insightful post lol. There have been many days now when I’ve felt like quitting, especially when I first ventured online with my online art business in 2004. After a couple of years of endless work and endless investments nothing was going my way and then I quit doing what I was doing and changed my game plan completely, and things worked out in the end, the business grew and it’s still going now.

    One of the things I did enjoy quitting however was my job in the summer of 2004 :)

  2. David says:

    Hey Samantha Its very positive way to Quit.

  3. Troy Ounce says:

    This reminds me of the writing of Felix Dennis, who devoted a whole section to “Reinforcing Failure”, saying that it was something that everyone does.
    I think it’s important NOT to quit just because things look difficult…. all of a sudden a new venture will look easy and rosy compared to the current one – but what happens when you arrive at an obstacle in that one, will you quit over and over again?
    One good way to look at it is to “define the obstacle”: Is the gold on the other side of the obstacle? If it is, don’t quit. If it isn’t quit.

  4. Danica says:

    Very insightful post! That’s true when it comes to investing your money it is important that you know when to quit and move on.

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