If you can't be the best, quit

If you can’t be the best in your world, quit.

Let’s read that again.

If you can’t be the best in your world, quit.

Notice that I didn’t say that you must be the best in the world, just the best in your world. Everyone sees life through different lenses and has a different perspective on almost everything. So we don’t need to be the best in the entire world, just the best at what we do.

If you’re a writer, be the best writer that you can be. You don’t need to be John Grisham or Liz Gilbert, just be the best writer that you can be. If you build houses, be the best darned house builder that you can be.

If you’re stuck being mediocre, figure out how to get to the best, or move on to something that you can be great at.

Because average is the enemy of good, and good is the enemy of great. If you’re not great, do something else. Quit being average. If you’re stuck being mediocre, figure out how to be the best at what you do, or move on to something that you can be great at.

Seth Godin knows a lot about quitting, (in fact, he wrote a book on it) but he says that the smartest people know that quitting doesn’t make them a failure. In fact, it’s often the exact opposite. Quitting the right things is smart.

So, find out what you need to stick with, and what you need to move on from. Then go do that.