The dangers of quitting too soon

If we are honest, we’ve all been there.  A project isn’t going well or a new initiative appears to be a total failure.  After a certain level of effort, we don’t see the results we want or need and we decide to give up.  Of course, knowing when to quit and try something else is helpful, but I suspect that often we stop too soon.

We will never know what amazing products, fantastic leaders or creative artwork we have missed out on because someone gave up, but we do know of some great examples of people persevering in the face of setbacks.  In an article on LeadToday, Steve Keating gives eight examples of people or groups of people we now know to be successful who had to push on through failure.  From Thomas Edison, through Vincent van Gogh to Coca-Cola, walking away would have been far easier than pushing on.  Here is the list, but have a look at the original article for the detail of their story:

  • Harland David Sanders
  • Akio Morita
  • Thomas Eddison
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • The Beatles
  • Babe Ruth
  • Coca-Cola

What are you on the verge of quitting?  Could it be that success is just around the corner if you give it another try?

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