Quote Of The Week: Be A Quitter

There's no shame in leaving a fruitless endeavor in the dust.

Every Monday, tune in to Fast Company Leadership for a quote to get your week started right.

Work harder, be more tenacious, stop complaining, and dig in deeper. The pep talks we give ourselves in the midst of an impossible project or endlessly awful work environment all have the same undertone: Never be a quitter.

But we think Facebook Product Manager Bo Ren has it right. “Persisting is useless if you’re on the wrong path,” she said. Stressing out your team, exhausting your resources, and wasting time on a futile endeavor is doing no one--not even your ego--any favors.

This week's quote comes from Ren, in the article "Why It's Okay To Quit:"

“All new beginnings come from quitting something.”

It's hard to admit when you've been pursuing a white whale of a goal. Next time you're tempted to hang on until the last thread snaps, remember that letting go frees you up for something new.

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  • i love beginnings, truly i do. fresh starts are awesome, and i'm with Bo in that regard.

    and, that calligraphied saying looks nice and all, sitting there in bold black ink on a white page, held up against the backdrop of a big cityscape of potential. but, it's really a bunch of twaddle, right?

    i'm not much for being in favor of expediency, but pragmatically individuals quitting only leads to more quitting and to becoming, in fact, lifelong quitters, with a reputation to match. whether we're talking about a high school athlete quitting a sports team, or a husband a marriage, or a dieter their coeval workout regimen ... commitments mean something.

    of course things need to end. but, appropriately, and as an adult, i.e., on your own terms, yes, but within the context of the original commitment so that there are no surprises, hurt feelings, and disruptions caused by a bunch of quitters giving the 20 percenters doing all the work even MORE work.

  • susan

    Your quote of the week is practical and makes sense; especially when we are bombarded with the advice to manage our time. There's a calligraphied saying I have hanging in my office: "What's let go of leaves room for what's to become." That includes goals, people, meals, tasks. I have friends who will finish a book that they dislike, find objectionable or is boring. Not I.