If quitting is bad, waiting is worse

Okay so you don't like to quit. You believe that it is better to hang in there and see what's in store rather than quit. Sounds good? Lets revisit that today. 

It must have been a tough situation that made you think about quitting. Bad year in sales? Your manager conveniently ignored your hard work (or smart work) when it came to appraising you? Couldn't get your book published? Must have been something that pushed you against the wall. 

Hanging in there will not change anything. You will be up against the wall tomorrow, the day after and the day after that and everyday till either you do something about it or nature does it for you. 

You can do few things, apart from hanging in there - 

1. Improve your skills
Basically "put your head down" and slog it out till you get better and better. 

2. Change the environment around you
Go talk to your boss, if you want a change of role. If your company is failing in certain areas - reach out to other players in the market and see if you can build partnerships (e.g. form a sales partnership with a complementary product company and go to the market together). 

3. If you are not doing point 1 and/or 2- do yourself a favor and quit. Quitting is not the same as failing. By quitting you shut down the energy drain on things that are not solving your problems (so that you can focus on something you have a better chance of succeeding at). If you have a big home loan and you want the monkey off your back you will have to do something drastic to achieve that. Cribbing about your situation over cups of coffee will release some pressure but is not going to help you sleep at night

We would have been extinct millions of years ago, if we had waited on the trees, as the environment changed around us.


  1. A very good thought paper for analysis. What after quit? Quit is a retrograde action. In a battle field, based on a situation a Commander may order withdrawal. More often than naught it is a planned withdrawal for another action or to wrest the initiative. In corporate sector too we need to have a plan accordingly.The decision to quit should not be left to only an individual not meeting the target or not being in a very happy state, rather a good organisation / management should always have their contingency plan for revival of manpower and situation.
    In a very big organisation, its a challenge for the HR to monitor such situation. In Govt sector, there is just no problem because the staff does not join for elixir of work but safety and hefty pay packet.
    I would like to further deliberate based on other comments.

  2. Yes, true. Quitting is temporary and necessary to divert energy and attention to more significant and meaningful things. GE shut down many of successful businesses because they were not no.1 in them (in that sector). It was sapping too much management attention and Jack Welch was very clear on the path he wanted to take the company in. He wanted his senior leader to concentrate on things that GE is a leader. It may not have been the most popular decision at that time (because he sold off a good but small baby of theirs) but a couple of recessions later - everybody understands why that was important.

    Apart from quitting, what I really wanted to point out was - Waiting is really bad. It serves no purpose and rarely beneficial. Sometimes yuo can't do anything but wait, but apart from those rare situations, it is counter-productive. By waiting we give up all the initiative gained in the last few months/years. Sure its a good feeling to rest after the big raise you got last year, but it only pulls back the lead you took. People usually do that because they are alligned with 'its not going to be my turn for some time since I just got a promotion' kind of a cycle.