Sometimes You Need To Quit In Order To Succeed

Sometimes You Need To Quit In Order To Succeed

Since I was little, I’ve always been told that quitting was for losers. Whether it be in elementary school, church, or even at home, I was always told that quitting was a “bad” thing, and that I should always try to stick things out until the end. While I understand where most of these individuals were coming from, I’ve come to realize through my own experiences in life that sometimes quitting can actually be the very thing needed to propel your purpose.

Many people would say that true leaders never quit, but I truly believe that the greatest of leaders are the ones who are mature enough to admit when they need to take a step back. Whether it be in business, ministry, or even a relationship, being able to say “enough is enough” is a really good thing. Why? Because quitting one thing might be your ticket to achieving another. You need time to regroup and recalibrate.

For those of you who know me personally, you’re aware that I constantly have my hands in many projects. I’m always on the go, thinking of new ideas, and always trying out new things. Some might see this as a flaw, but I see it as a way to see what sticks.

Over the last ten years of my life, I have had a total of 9 nine different jobs, and have stepped down from a total of 7 of them. Many would think this is pretty crazy, but stepping down was the only road I could take if I wanted to pursue the reality of chasing my purpose in life. Many might say I just don’t know how to settle, to which I would agree with. Why? Because I was never called to settle in the first place. My wife and I have learned that taking leaps of faith into the path of God’s will can do nothing but bring us closer to his plan. And guess what? We’ve seen nothing but blessing come out of our experiences. This isn’t to say we’ve never had tough times, but we have always found ourselves looking back and thanking God for the decisions we made.

As of today, my wife and I work for ourselves. We’ve taken some incredible leaps of faith, and stepped down from positions I was mediocre at, all to further our chances of finding our purpose in life. I can’t say I regret any of our decisions. To everyone who once told you that quitting was a bad idea, I’d like to encourage you to re-think that statement.

Sometimes you need to quit things that you are mediocre at in order to experience things that are extraordinary.

I say this from personal experience. I’m not telling you to quit your job with no back-up plan; I am telling you to always be on the lookout for open doors. God is always willing to guide you if you are willing. Don’t settle for mediocrity; You were destined for greatness. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

About the author

Jarrid Wilson

Jarrid Wilson is a husband, pastor and author whose motivation is to help others find their identity in Christ.