When It's Time to Go

I just got an email from a client. She needed to vent.

Last week my client brought in one of the biggest potential clients her firm had ever seen. She was so excited! And, proud...

And, guess who wasn't invited to the first meeting with the company? My client.

She contacted her boss and requested she be present, thinking it must be an oversight. It wasn't.

Her boss told her the management team felt that four people would be too many and that she would have to "stay home." Even though she brought in the lead and had the connection to the company.

Pretty bad, right? Except it got worse...

After the meeting, she was asked to write a thank you note to the client. But, she wasn't there. What the heck did they expect her to say? 

As if there was any question before, now she knows..it's time for her to go. Her company doesn't appreciate her contributions or her talents. Does yours?

If your talents and contributions aren't being recognized, appreciated or compensated, it might be time to move on.

Winners are quitters

I saw this quote in a Fast Company article last week:

"Think high performers are the 'quitters never win' types? Wrong, says (Paul Rulkens." (He is the author of The Power of Preeminence.) And, he goes on to say:

 "Winners quit all the time - they're just more thoughtful about it.

Strategic quitting means ditching the things that you shouldn't or don't want to be doing because they aren't worth your time..."

So, I say to you...

Be a strategic quitter. It doesn't make you a loser or a failure. It make you a winner. Now, I'm not talking about throwing in the towel or giving up when things get tough. That would be capitulation based on weakness. Strategic quitting is different. Strategic quitting is based on strength. It is proactive.

Strategic quitting means you know when it is time to leave work you hate so that you can do work you enjoy.

Remember, winners are quitters. They know when it is time to cut bait and move on. Embrace it. It's the first step to creating work you love.


I just got back from a trip to Peru. We hiked up Machu Picchu and floated down the Amazon. It was amazing...

Traveling gives me a new perspective. On life. On my business. On this blog...

This blog was always intended to be a "work in progress." Not finished. Not perfect. Not set in stone. 

Back to Peru...a couple of things happened there...

I finally read Pamela Slim's book Escape Cubicle Nation. Even though she helps people similar to my peeps, I didn't want to read her book until now. Funny, but I didn't want her ideas to influence my thinking before I put together my process.

It's a great book. I'll write more about it in another post.

Here's what made an impression on me. In her book, Pamela recounts how she she explained her blog to her mom. She told her that a blog was basically like writing a letter. But, instead of writing to the letter to one person, she could share her letter with thousands.

I like the idea of having a blog that is like writing a letter to you.

While I was floating down the Amazon, looking for birds and monkeys, I would periodically get cell phone coverage. During one of these "connected to the grid moments," I saw a tweet from Alexis Grant, Twitterer extraordinare, who tweeted that blog posts were about "a-ha moments."

I also like the idea of sharing "a-ha moments" with you.

So, instead of sharing my expertise through "how to" articles, I'm going to write you little letters and share insights. So much fun. Think of them as love notes. I'm hoping you'll write notes back and share your insights with me. This is an invitation to you to talk to me. Talk soon, OK?