Throughout my life, I’ve been told that “quitters never win and winners never quit.” But this has never sat right with me and as I got older, I concluded that I just don’t buy this at all.
As Steven Bartlett wrote, “Knowing when to quit, change direction, leave a toxic situation, demand more from life, give up on something that wasn’t working and move on, is a very important skill that people who win at life all seem to have.”
Here’s an example of an Apprentice who started University but soon made peace with the realisation that it wasn’t for him. After leaving, he started a Multiverse apprenticeship and, 10 months later, receives this feedback:
“***** has really stepped up with owning projects and delivering work to the clients. He’s also recently delivered training to the Strategy & Planning team, receiving positive feedback from senior members of the team. His appetite for picking up work and learning doesn’t go unnoticed. I regularly receive feedback on *****’s work from his peers and as a manager, it’s great to see.”
His decision to leave university has benefitted him immensely, less than a year after doing so. It’s also benefited the team and organisation he works for too.
In conclusion, winners quit all the time. But they quit because they want more, not because it’s too hard.