WHEN TO QUIT: John Maxwell's 3 Rules


1. Quit something you don't do well

— to start something you do well.

2.Quit something you're not passionate about

 — to do something that fills you with passion.

3.Quit something that doesn't

make a difference

— to do something that does.

-- John Maxwell*

WE TEACH OUR KIDS TO NEVER QUIT, but at times in business quitting can be smart.

As leaders, we sometimes keep doing things that don’t work anymore, don’t provide a payoff or even hold us back. Perhaps because we've invested a lot. Or maybe we just don’t want to look like a quitter.

Maxwell’s advice above is strategic: Make a decision to get from where you are to somewhere better. To end something useless to do something valuable.

 Is there something you need to quit doing.. in order to make something more important happen?

Carl Francis


* In May 2014, John C. Maxwell was named the #1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over a million copies.

Maxwell has published more than 40 books on leadership and management. He created and built the largest international non-profit in the world focusing on training people to lead. Trained as a minister, Maxwell speaks annually to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League.