I call BS on “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”
“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” is a quote by legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi. My younger self believed this was a universal truth.
Several years ago, I had an experience that proved otherwise. I effectively “lost” by refusing to quit.
I had taken a job building the sales foundation for a start-up. And I soon realized I was working for a sociopath CEO/founder. In hindsight, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t going to “win” that one.
Here’s what happened . . . I worked on a go-to-market strategy for their niche, prospected, presented, collected RFP’s, and put all the pieces in place to grow the business. Meanwhile, the CEO/founder publicly trashed competitors and burned bridges with many of the largest prospects. He also refused to allow any form of communication among internal team members. I decided I didn’t need the CEO’s help and was going to accomplish my mission in spite of his behavior. I kept prospects away from him and closed business myself. As a reward, I was fired right before my contract required them to provide me with pre-IPO stock options.
That definitely didn’t feel like a win. Side note: stock options ended up being irrelevant because the company didn’t make it. Shocker.
In the end, I felt like a loser because I didn’t quit.
Fast forward to 2024 . . . I quit yesterday.
I kissed my latest full-time job goodbye. I could write a book on what ultimately led to my decision to leave. I’ve got some crazy stories with significant entertainment value. But first, I need some distance from it all.
So, what’s next?
I’ve been considering other full-time job options for the last 18 months and I haven’t found a good fit. Is that a sign of something? Maybe. Who knows!?
Meanwhile, I have my yoga side-gig and a whole litany of areas I want to explore. This appears to be the right time to put more energy into my ultimate goal of building a fully digital, work-from-anywhere business.
Will I succeed? Feel free to follow along and find out. No doubt, I’ll make plenty of mistakes. I’ll certainly learn a lot. I plan to write about the journey as I go.
I may decide to snag a part-time gig in an area of interest. I may do some independent contractor work again. I may ultimately decide to go back to corporate full-time. We’ll see.
One thing I won’t quit: banking on myself. Building my own thing. I will continue to work on the foundation I’ve already created. Because this is where I find the most satisfaction and reward.