“IF YOU’RE PUTTING IN 200% EFFORT AND SEEING A 10% RETURN, IT ISN’T A BUSINESS YOU’RE RUNNING. YOU’RE RUNNING THE TITANIC.” - Everett Bogue
When do you call it quits and move on?
“Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons. In fact, winners seek out the Dip. They realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it.” — Seth Godin
I wrote about what happens when you lose all of your freelancing clients. There comes a time where business falls behind and you just have to move on with your life.
The truth is that I don’t need this shit. None of us do. None of should be working on something that isn’t bringing us the returns that we expect. It’s okay to move on to something else in life. You don’t have to stick with the same freelancing gig forever. There’s no shame in trying something new.
While I totally believe in failing hard and failing often, you eventually need to succeed.
Evan at My Journey to Millions wrote about giving up on dreams. He said it best with the following:
The simple answer of “life is too short, never give up on your dreams?” reeks of an unrealistic garbage quote. We are adults and chasing your dream to make it in music is very different in your teens when compared to when you are into your 20s then late 20s then early 30s and then 40s…after that find me more than 10 people who were commercial successful after being discovered after 40!
Tiare wrote in with here recently with:
I really like that your first step is to not blame anyone.
Too many people get caught up in the blame game and spend their valuable energy trying to pin their problems on other people. By doing this, they unwittingly give their power to other people.
Instead, they should take responsibility for their actions and try harder to make better decisions. This way, they empower themselves to change their situations for the better.
You’re honest, optimistic, and persevering. Definitely not betting against you. : )
When the hell do you call it quits? Let’s create a plan so that you don’t fall behind and miss out on life.
Create a deadline.
You need a deadline. What’s your final day to see results? When will you move on by?
A deadline is important because it’s easy to lose track of time. Look at where we are right now. I still remember finishing college in 2011. Time just flies by.
You need a firm deadline. Share this with your friends. If you don’t have a deadline, you’re just going to keep on wasting time forever and ever.
Ask the tough questions.
When’s the last time you had sex? How much money did you make last month?
You have to ask tough questions in life to re-evaluate how you’re doing. Your career as a stud or as a blogger doesn’t sound so successful when you look at the real results.
There’s no sense in beating around the bush. Let’s get realistic here.
Ask yourself the toughest questions possible so that you know where you stand.
There’s no shame in figuring out that your current business model can’t make any money and you just have to move on.
Get your friends and family involved.
Yes, time for some generic advice.
Get everyone involved possible. See if they can help you figure out what you’re doing wrong, motivate you, or just give you a kick in the ass.
I had a friend recently tell me how I need to move on from certain projects. Thanks for that!
Do something else!
Please, do something else!
It never makes sense to just rely on one source of income or anything. I want you to always be exploring all options to see what’s out there. As a freelancer, you don’t want to be tied down to one contract or just one person.
Before you call it quits, you should always see what else can be done.
Don’t go broke.
I don’t want you to be homeless. I know that it’s often glorified in society to take risks, mortgage your house, and risk it all. But what about the failures? What about those that went broke?
I don’t want to see you go broke!
Try to stay as lean as possible. Cut costs mercilessly. Don’t even think about mortgaging your house.
There’s nothing wrong with calling quits and moving on. I want us to achieve real results with our freelance. Not to waste time.
Do you plan on calling it quits?