It’s Okay to Quit

by Gigi Griffis

It’s okay to quit.

It’s okay to start something and decide that you don’t like it.

You can quit after 10 years. You can quit after one day.

Quitting doesn’t make you a failure. It makes you a human being.

Human beings sometimes change their minds.

It’s not so unusual to start a job with all the hopes in the world…and discover later that you’d rather do something else.

It’s okay to change your life.

Our culture is so obsessed with not quitting that I think sometimes we don’t recognize the value of doing just that. There’s a balance to be struck here.

Don’t quit just because it’s hard. Don’t quit just because it’s not happening fast enough. Don’t bail on people. But don’t be afraid to change either.

Sometimes quitting is the brave choice.

If your job is zapping your creativity and your self-esteem, quit. If your boyfriend is cheating, leave him. If you hate the city you live in, move. If that diet is making you feel weak and ill, change it. If you secretly hate your major, switch. If you feel totally lost, take a year off. Do something different. Give yourself time.

Quitting isn’t always evil. And sticking it out isn’t always healthy.

Find your balance.


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Gary July 15, 2013 - 3:45 pm


I spent almost 30 yrs in a job I had no inclination for but felt I could not quit…and 25 yrs in marriage which I felt I could not quit from. Some years back I made some harsh decisions to “quit” the job and “quit” the marriage….not easy in any way but my life has changed so dramatically that I realise that these were the “right” decisions….for all parties. No real need to look back….that was a very poignant post thank you… :)

gigigriffis July 17, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Yeah, I think that happens to a lot of people.

I’m so glad that everything turned out so right for everyone involved.

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Layla September 3, 2013 - 8:31 pm

As someone towards the end of her quarter-life crisis…I identify with this post. Thanks for writing it!

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