MSEL: The things I’ve quit


A friend recently wondered, out loud, if she should close her business. It’s been a labor of love for her (emphasis on “labor” and on “love”), but it sounds like she’s burned out. Lots of people told her that she needs a break or a loan or an employee, but I told her to quit – if that’s what she really wants.

I’m a seasoned quitter, having quit many things in my life. For starters:

  • My career in education;
  • A business I’d put my life’s savings, a lot of borrowed money, and four years of hard work into;
  • A very long-term relationship that I’d outgrown;
  • A job I’d had for only five months because the work environment was so toxic;
  • A client it became clear I’d never see eye-to-eye with.

And after I quit each of those things, a door opened to new opportunities. I do think that winners quit; if you don’t have the resources (including energy) to make something work, it’s not going to work. It’s often best to walk away. By all means, get some rest, earn some money. Pay off your debt, go on meaningless dates. To make room for all the stuff you really want and need you sometimes have to walk away.


51 thoughts on “MSEL: The things I’ve quit”

  1. This post was good for me to read. I, too, have a list of things that I have quit. Some of which mirrors your list with regard to ditching education and leaving toxic work environments. I have to both remember and be reminded that it is okay to quit something and to not see quitting somehow as failure.

  2. I just like the valuable info you supply in your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your blog and take a look at again here
    regularly. I’m rather certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the following!

  3. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Wonderful goods from you, man. I’ve be mindful your stuff previous to and you’re just too magnificent.

    I actually like what you’ve got here, certainly like what you are stating and the
    way during which you are saying it. You’re making it enjoyable and you
    still care for to stay it wise. I can not wait to learn far more
    from you. This is really a great website.

  5. I simply want to say I am just newbie to blogging and site-building and certainly loved your web page. Very likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely come with wonderful writings. Appreciate it for sharing with us your webpage.

  6. The following time I review a blog, I really hope that it does not dissatisfy me as long as this. I imply, I know it was my choice to review, however I in fact thought youd have something interesting to state. All I listen to is a bunch of yawping concerning something that you can deal with if you werent too busy searching for focus.

  7. Heya! I understand this is somewhat off-topic however I needed to ask. Does managing a well-established website like yours take a lot of work? I’m completely new to running a blog however I do write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

  8. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa? My site goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by the way!

  9. There are definitely a lot of information like that to take into consideration. That is a great indicate bring up. I supply the ideas above as basic ideas however clearly there are inquiries like the one you raise where the most crucial point will certainly be working in truthful good faith. I don?t understand if ideal practices have emerged around things like that, yet I make certain that your work is plainly determined as an up for grabs. Both children as well as women really feel the impact of just a moment?s satisfaction, for the remainder of their lives.

  10. This is the right blog for anyone that wishes to find out about this topic. You realize a lot its virtually difficult to argue with you (not that I really would want?HaHa). You absolutely put a brand-new spin on a subject thats been written about for several years. Excellent stuff, just excellent!

  11. Undeniably imagine that that you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be
    on the internet the simplest factor to take note of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as other folks
    think about worries that they plainly don’t understand about.

    You managed to hit the nail upon the highest as smartly as outlined
    out the entire thing without having side effect , other people could take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  12. There are certainly a great deal of details like that to think about. That is a fantastic indicate raise. I provide the thoughts over as basic motivation however plainly there are questions like the one you bring up where one of the most crucial thing will certainly be operating in truthful good faith. I don?t recognize if best techniques have emerged around things like that, yet I make certain that your job is plainly identified as a fair game. Both children and also girls feel the impact of just a moment?s enjoyment, for the remainder of their lives.

  13. Hey there! I just would love to offer a massive thumbs up for the wonderful info you have here on this message. I will certainly be coming back to your blog for more quickly.

  14. After I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove me from that service? Many thanks!

  15. After I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the exact same comment. Is there a way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  16. After looking into a handful of the blog posts on your web site, I truly like your way of blogging. I added it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future. Take a look at my website as well and tell me how you feel.

  17. Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this information together. I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  18. I seriously love your website.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you make this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my own blog and would like to know where you got this from or what the theme is named. Thank you!

  19. I blog often and I genuinely appreciate your information. This article has really peaked my interest. I am going to take a note of your site and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.

  20. When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment. There has to be a means you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

  21. I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest. I will book mark your site and keep checking for new information about once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

  22. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this website. I’m hoping to check out the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own site now ;)

  23. There are some intriguing times in this short article but I don?t understand if I see every one of them center to heart. There is some credibility but I will take hold opinion up until I check out it additionally. Great write-up, many thanks and we want extra! Contributed to FeedBurner also

Comments are closed.

Scroll to Top