Monday Inspiration #003: It’s OK to quit

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“Yo-Yo Ma’s first instrument wasn’t cello. He actually started with violin—and he wasn’t good at it. So he quit violin and picked up cello instead. Maybe you’re like Yo-Yo Ma, and you just haven’t found your cello yet.” – Karen X Cheng.

I love the above quote because quitting is such a dirty word and it shouldn’t be.

Knowing when to quit and then having the courage to do so is not defeat, it is simply allowing doors to close so new ones can open.

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

9 thoughts on “Monday Inspiration #003: It’s OK to quit”

  1. I’m smiling reading your post – yes!!! – Giving up is often thought of in the negative context, and for good reasons sometimes. This is a wonderful example of how giving up can be a positive, enlightening experience!

    Finding out what doesn’t work is an important step to finding out what does work. Excellent article!

  2. How do we know if we’re good at something unless we try lots of things. We’re not quitting the ones we’re not good at – we’re just making progress at finding the ones we are good at.

    I like that quote too 🙂

  3. I love this because I experience negativity when I “quit” my first career. I felt in my heart, soul, mind, and ever fiber of my being that it wasn’t the career for me. Everyone else saw me as a quitter, and it was a little heart wrenching. I finally found my cello, and once it’s tuned properly, everyone will see that I’m not a quitter. I’ve found what I really love.

  4. I agree. The message “out there” is to never, ever quit no matter what . . . and if you do, you’re a failure. I think that once you find what you’re “supposed to” be doing, you should never quit. But until then, quitting might be the best thing. There have been times in my life that I’ve chosen to quit things. It was the best decision for me.

  5. Oh gosh, I need to hang this up somewhere. I really can be like a dog with a bone, just refusing to let things go when I should. And then, the things I should let go of, I do?! I wish things came with dates on them ‘this is when you need to move on’ wouldn’t that be fab!

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