Quit and prosper.
One of the byproducts of spending years traveling abroad was becoming the human folx reach out to when they’re considering an exit strategy. And while I don’t jump to the get-out-now conversation immediately, I also don’t shy away from having it. Because sometimes, “running away” is exactly the medicine we need. Sometimes no amount of fighting is going to get us through the dip and the healthy thing to do is to quit.
I write about quitting a lot. It’s a skill we’re not often taught to develop. My guess is that this is a narrative left over from our crumbling industrial complex. When we all ended up in blue or white collar factories, quitting would have been a preposterous idea. We were rewarded for sticking things out and punished for going against the grain. While the latter might still be true, the former certainly is not. There are no more guarantees in the work that we do.
While I’m becoming increasing wary of the move-fast-and-break-things approach to iterating my creative work, I do see the benefit in accepting that most of the things I do are going to fail. Just like most of the commitments I make are going to fall through. Not because of some character fault on my part but because those of us who aren’t literal geniuses need to make a whole bunch of mistakes on our way to doing our best work.
This isn’t just a theory either. It’s something I’ve been putting to the test in my own life and my own creative practice. I’m looking for ways to make my process easier. To accept what is inherently difficult about my work while quitting or letting go of things that are unnecessarily adding drag to the momentum that’s building around me. At some point the muchness becomes too much and something’s gotta give.
On this flip side of all the things I’ve quit, are all the things that I’ve been able to channel that extra energy into. When I quit my life as a digital nomad, I suddenly had way more to offer my creative work. When I quit freelance writing for other coaches, I was finally able to build out my coaching practices and actually serve the people who matter to me. When I quit avoiding my money reality, I was finally able to access financial wellbeing and prosper.
So, what do you need to quit so you can finally prosper?