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Be a Quitter

Bob Goff is a best-selling author, successful lawyer, and the founder of Restore International. He’s spoken at TED, coordinated interviews between his children and world leaders, and put his phone number in print for anyone to call. (Yes, he answers.) Bob is a creative, inspiring, and joyful man.

Every Thursday he quits something.

If you were to study his biography, you would probably not conclude that Bob’s a quitter. How could he achieve all that he has if he’s a quitter? He would argue that you can’t say “Yes” to new opportunities without relinquishing others. Some of the things he quits (and encourages others to quit) are mindsets rather than habits or tasks. Quit letting fear call the shots. Quit trying to win old arguments. Quit letting other people decide who you are. If you follow Bob on Twitter, you’ll often see Thursday tweets about quitting something.

Perhaps one of the most unique stories of Bob quitting was when he quit his role on the board of directors for a non-profit organization. When he called to tell the chairman of the board that he quit, the chair’s first reaction was to ask, “Why?” Then he looked at the calendar and answered his own question: “It’s Thursday…” Bob left the board to free him up for other opportunities, but also to allow someone else the chance to fill his seat and provide some fresh insight. He didn’t quit out of anger or because he no longer cared about the organization; he quit because it was Thursday.

What do you need to quit? It could start with bad habits. Maybe you need to quit smoking, quit going to happy hour every day, or quit using credit cards. Some of the things you quit will be of benefit to you and you alone. Quit other things for the benefit of others. Quit yelling at your kids, quit gossiping at work, or quit saying no when someone asks a favor. At the end of a year, you will have quit 52 things. Think of the freedom and opportunity that could provide.

From a frugal living standpoint, consider quitting some of these things. Add up the savings over the course of a year and see what doors open up to you.

  • Quit purchasing drinks when you go out to eat.
  • Quit using the air conditioner when you could open a window.
  • Quit taking out loans to buy a car.
  • Quit driving anywhere less than five miles from your house.
  • Quit commuting to work.
  • Quit watching cable television.
  • Quit buying anything that’s not on sale or without a coupon.
  • Quit buying books you could get at the library.
  • Quit ignoring free entertainment opportunities in your town.

From a self-help perspective, consider the following:

  • Quit worrying about things that haven’t happened.
  • Quit the negative self-talk.
  • Quit assuming the worst about people.
  • Quit seeing the cup as half-empty.
  • Quit believing the lies you’ve been told.
  • Quit giving up on your dreams.
  • Quit procrastinating.
  • Quit trying to do it on your own.

It’s Thursday. What are you going to quit?

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