Summer of Learning 2017 – Thinking about quitting isn’t quitting
Hearing an interview with Robert O’Neil about SEAL training, he admitted to thinking about quitting. Every day. But it’s not the same as quitting. The advice he got was “don’t quit now. It’s all emotions. Just quit tomorrow.”
It paralleled my reading of Howard Sterns autobiography (and he was interviewing O’Neil) when he was fired from
WNBC for “creative differences” and his agent came in with champagne to celebrate the change and opportunities that would come next.
It also reminded me of going through 2-a-day training camps for football at UBC where there would be those times….moments really (usually connected to “extra conditioning” and some “chewing out”) that would lead to those moments where ‘quitting’ seemed like a great idea……but slowing Dow the thinking/deciding process to allow TIME to have an impact (and usually lead to a better – non-emotional/impulsive response).
So, as professional change is at the forefront of my mind, it’s a reassuring reminder that change does not equal quitting; and being mindful of the decisions being considered have many layers (like an onion – Shrek). And sometimes it leads to opportunities that wouldn’t be available if you were complacent and not looking for them and considering that sometimes the word “quit” doesn’t mean what you may think it does!