Today I had the opportunity to sit down with the amazing humans on the Guys Who Do Stuff podcast. The episode will air in a few weeks, but one question that they asked really stuck out to me: How do you know when to quit something that isn't working?
According to Seth Godin in his helpful little book called "The Dip", you need to ask yourself whether or not you're in what he calls a "Cul-de-sac". Are you going around in circles with no progress? Or is this the kind of desirable difficulty that you need to push through in order to get where you're going?
Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results... that's what you call insanity.
There's a time to stick with it. And there are times when you need to master the art of quitting.
Get really good at quitting things that don't serve a bigger purpose. Get really good at quitting cyclically unfruitful situations.
And as an entrepreneur, get really good at sticking with the right things... even some of the boring stuff. Get really good at pushing through the barriers on things that matter.
For me, it all hinges on knowing whether you're running on a hamster wheel (useless) or whether you're just hitting the wall on a worthwhile marathon (necessary for success).
What are your thoughts??
I'll keep you posted on when the podcast comes out so you can hear more of my thoughts on this one.