As I was thinking about this post, “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers kept running through my mind.  It’s an oldie but goodie, and I am probably giving away a little too much about my age and background by sharing it!  (my sons would be sooo embarrassed!!).  The Gambler, Kenny Rogers

Here at ByDesign Technologies ( we deal with all kinds of companies; mlm, party plan and direct sales.  Some are billion dollar companies while others are start-ups.  We have had the great pleasure of watching companies grow from absolutely nothing to huge successes and unfortunately we have also seen many crash and burn.  If things are not looking positive, how do you determine if you are in an uncomfortable learning or growth curve or if you are in a tailspin you won’t recover from?

Is there ever a time to throw in the towel?  Here are five ways to know it is time:

1) Have you invested more than you think you can possibly recover?

2) Are you no longer passionate?

3) Are working outside of your strengths?

4) Are you holding on so that you do not have to admit failure?

5) Have you tried everything you know to do and it is still not working?

 Deciding to quit  is never easy.  Some quit when the ovation is the loudest.  Others persevere to hear another!  The best advice I can offer is to seek wise counsel.  Ask someone who has gone through a similar situation and be honest with yourself.

Some trials we must walk through.  Some we are not allowed to quit on, like illness or the death of a family member. (though we would all like to opt out of those!!)   Others trials, like a job, a business, or a relationship give us a choice in our actions and reactions.  If you decide things are not going to work out, handle it with grace.  Give the decision a lot of thought and be completely at peace with the situation once the final decision is made.

Deciding to quit anything you have invested yourself (or your money) in is difficult but recognizing that quitting does not equate to failure is a great gift to yourself.

You can believe like Homer Simpson, “Trying is the first step towards failure,”  or Mike Dennison, “It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try.”

 Give me your thoughts.  How do you know when it is time to quit?

Yesterday, on the local news, I saw a story about the Honor Flight Network.  I had never heard of this non-profit before but they provide free trips for veterans to  visit Washington DC war memorials.  It is planned as a one day trip with the veteran and a guardian.   What a great gift!

A local group of WWII veterans was on the trip and as they were getting ready to take off and head home, their plane was grounded.  This forced all of them to stay the night in local hotels without a change of clothes or toothbrushes.  Many of these veterans were in wheelchairs and on oxygen. There was plenty for this group to complain about but one of the Dr.’s on the trip called this group, the “No Complaint Generation.”  What a great example these leaders set for the rest of us.

These veterans have set a great example of leadership not only in their service to our country but also in their behavior.  Great leaders don’t complain if things go wrong, they accept it as it is and make the best of it.  What a great gift they give us by their example.

You can watch the story here:Stranded vets make it home