Sometimes Quitting Equals Winning

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People like to refer to life as a game or a competition. The winners are the ones who accumulate the most or best things, achieve the most success, or get the most power. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway, which means that a large number of us are playing a game we’ll never win.

We’ll never have a lot of power, or enough money to buy anything we want. That’s not to say that we’re failures as human beings, but it’s realistic to assume that most of us will never be Trumps or Buffets. Yet we’re out there running and chasing the other people on the playing field with no hope of catching them and it’s killing a lot of us, both financially and


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3 Responses to Sometimes Quitting Equals Winning

  1. Katie says:

    This article comes at the perfect time in my life. I am a working mom, working at a job I think is going to bore me to death eventually that has no opportunity for promotion or change within it. Meanwhile my children are being raised by daycare (and 2/3 of my paycheck is going with them!) and our whole lives have become “hurry hurry” onto the next day.

    My husband and I talked and decided that no amount of money is worth us missing our children growing up or being unhappy and always in a hurry. I officially gave my notice last week and in 3 weeks time we are changing our lives. I am going to start a part-time home cleaning company to help make ends meet and the rest of the time I will be at home with the kids. In 2-3 years when they are both going to school full time I will go back to work somewhere, either doing what I do now or something else that I decide when the time comes.

    We decided to opt out of the rat race for a while and concentrate on making US happy. The rat race will be there when/if I choose to return to it. The kids will remember the time I had to be with them – not how fancy their clothes were in Kindergarten. :)

  2. Jason B says:

    I love this article. It is something that I will be doing in the next month. i refuse to live life being stuck somewhere that I don’t like.

  3. Gailete says:

    Katie, wish you were in my area of the country, I need someone to clean! There are so many things that this applies to. I have been very comfortable most of my life NOT doing many things. I don’t think the fact I abstain needs an explanation to anyone, especially someone I don’t know, yet I have run into others along the way that seem embarrassed by the fact that I’m not part of that lifestyle. Years ago I choose not to drink alcoholic based drinks, yet I have been with people that are embarrassed that I’m not drinking with the group, or they try to make demeaning jokes about me because of it, or they make excuses for me. I’m not sure why others feel this way as I’m not embarrassed to say no thank you and I can certainly speak for myself on the issue but they are embarrassed so feel that they need to speak out and make excuses for me–Why??? But I think it is people like this that get others running on the rat race like everyone else. Nothing like the neighbor putting in $1000 worth of plantings in their yard each year and then chiding their neighbors that don’t, not caring if the neighbor has time or the money to do this. If one house does it on a block soon they all will. This pack and herd mentality is crazy, but way too few people have the strength and fortitude to stand up to say that they will live their life their own way. Those that do stand out big time. Why live your life chasing things that don’t satisfy?

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