Winners never quit

You might’ve heard the saying. Winners never quit.

It’s wrong. Partially wrong. Winners quit plenty of things. They quit the things which don’t matter.

Realising you can’t win at everything is the first step towards becoming a winner.

And if your goal is to win at something. The next steps is to start quitting the things you can’t win at.

What does winning mean?

It may mean a gold medal. It may mean being the best in the market. It may mean being able to work on the things you want to work on.

Knowing the thing you want to win at is as scary as it is exciting. Scary because it means to get there, you’ll have to quit all the other fun things in the way. Exciting because now you know where you want to get to.

The filter of quitting what doesn’t matter is what people first get stuck with. Spread your attention across too many things and you’ll fail to make significant progress in any of them.

The next filter is quitting when the thing that matters gets hard. It’s often not because you’re good enough, you could be. It’s because you haven’t been through this kind of challenge before. This point is when winners don’t quit. Instead, they seek out the uncomfortable situations. They know if they can get through them (and they can), they’ll be doing something others can’t.

Now you know this, the saying can be reworded.

In beginning, winners quit everything. Everything that doesn’t matter. Then when it gets hard, winners never quit.

[This blog post is a riff from the ideas Seth Godin talks about in The Dip. I’m listening to it at the moment. If you’re seeking to be a winner at what you do, I recommend you check it out.]