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Why I Quit Often and Why You Should Know When To Do It



My first business was a clothing line and one of my favorite shirts was a V-neck that said: “Never Lose Hope.”

I would have weeks on Twitter where the theme of the week was not giving up. I wrote a book called “Endure”, which is all about finding the strength to hold on when you want to let go.

I branded myself as someone who inspires others not to give up on what they want.

The reality is though, it is partially a lie.

One I fell into because of my ignorance. Telling someone NEVER to give up can be awful advice in some situations. We need to encourage people to quit more often than we think. Holding on only makes sense when it is the right project, business or pursuit.

When I read “The Dip” by Seth Godin, it helped me to realize a lot of what I had been feeling inside. It helped me to let go of some deep pains I have had because I just did not want to be a quitter.

After going to the Olympics, I retired from track and field at what most consider to be a young age.

I quit on girlfriends.

 I quit on my clothing line.

 I quit my job that I hated with all my life.

I started a custom-made tie company with my wife – and it could have been a great company – but I quit.

Society would say, “wow Ian, you have given up on a lot of things. You need to learn to hold on.

But they are 100 percent wrong AND right at the same damn time.

 I Quit What Was Wrong

There is a reason why you see people in horrible relationships (wherein everyone knows will never make it) that go on together for years on end. The stubbornness sets in. We want to prove to the world that we are the exception, to overcome the odds.

We want to prove once and for all that we can hold on when the rest of the world would let go.

Holding on in relationships applies to all areas of our life. Quitting is embarrassing, and it makes us feel like failures. So we figure, stick with what we know instead of a devil we don’t know, right? After quitting we have to read success articles like this.

When I think back on the companies I started in the past, I would NOT change a thing, because I learned some valuable lessons from each of them.

Getting a $150,000 investment at age 20 taught me about the power of teamwork and leadership. We failed and had to quit because we burnt all the money before we made a dollar.

My clothing line taught me about supply chain management, customer appreciation, and the fact that you can’t ask people if they like something. You have to ask if they would pay for it.

I quit because I don’t even like clothing and fashion. I just started it because I thought it would be cool.

With my blog, I learned how to write my ass off. I also learned about video editing, content marketing, branding, social media marketing, and it became my baby. The issue was that we never started it to make money. So when we tried to attach business models to it, they just did not work.

With my tie company, I learned how to become OBSESSED with the product. I constantly wanted to know what people thought and saw how we could make it better.

I quit track because I did NOT believe I could be the best. When I started running as a young boy, I thought I could be an Olympic champion one day. When that feeling left me, I knew that it was time to walk away.

Finding the Power to Quit

You only have so much time in your day to accomplish things. How can we ever find success when we do not know how to say no?

The word YES has gotten us into some trouble.

The more you quit and the more you say no, the better your ability to focus on what matters!

The issue with our world right now is that, we have so many people that are distracted. We want to do everything that we think we are even partially good at – and it’s killing us.

I learned in Seth Godin’s book how the money goes to the best. You see, this in all areas and industries. The very best of the best make a lot of money, and the average makes nothing.

The same is to be true if we want to work at a job, play a sport, run a business, take up photography, and so on. We have to either strive to be great, or we will end up being average. And average is never rewarded.

Hold on to What You Can Be the Best At

When it comes to being a quitter, excel at that before you strive to be great.

Start saying no to almost everything. Focus on the things that are going to make the biggest impact. Work on the projects that you can be the best at doing.

Everyday that you spend working on something that you are NOT going to be the best at, means time and resources taken away from something that you can be. What is even better than having to quit, is learning NOT to start the wrong things.

When you find the thing that you can be the best at then, you apply the old concepts.

Never give up.

Never lose hope.

When you want to let go, remember why you held on in the first place.

All those great lines begin to make sense. Then it is your job to get through “The Dip”.  Everything starts off wonderful and new, believe me! You love it at first, and it seems like it is going to become your world for a long time.

Then it all changes. At this point, your mental strength is tested.

Things start to get tough, and you question everything up until that point. You feel like you wasted your time and money. You believe it is bound to be a failure. This feeling is a defining moment in our lives.

The problem is that, we hold on to the wrong things, and we let go of the right things.

When we finally choose the right thing to pursue, it is easier to find a reason to hold on because it is something you can be the best at.

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



Partners entrepreneurs


Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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How Does Sleep Affect Your Mental Health?



Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep is our body’s repair mode. Our cells, tissues, muscles, and hormones are all replenished during the deepest phases of sleep. This ensures that we are operating at our best the next day.

Experts recommend about seven (7) hours of sleep a day for an average adult. This is keeps you mentally and physically focused. But what happens when you don’t get enough? Is there a link between sleep and our mental health?


The Link Between Sleep and Mood

Even someone who isn’t an expert on the subject can appreciate how active they feel after a good night’s sleep. In contrast, one can feel exhausted, irritated, and distracted after not getting enough the night before. That’s because sleep plays an important role in your mood and performance.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study in which the subjects were restricted sleep to only 4.5 hours each night. After a week, the subjects reported greater levels of negative emotions and mental tiredness. Once they were allowed to sleep normally however, there was a sharp improvement in their mood.

Just as sleep impacts your mood, your present state of mind also has an equivalent effect on the quality of your sleep. If you’re anxious or stressed, your body will release hormones that force you to stay awake through the night, depriving you of much-needed rest. The result is a cycle of stress and lack of sleep.

Research suggests that around 15-20 percent of people who are dealing with insomnia (an inability to fall asleep) go on to develop serious mental depression. While research is still being conducted about the exact nature of the relationship between sleep and depression, there has been enough progress to indicate a strong correlation between the two.

People who suffer from insomnia are at a significantly greater risk to develop depression or anxiety. In fact, the onset of these conditions can be accurately predicted by studying the patient’s sleep patterns.


The Link Between Sleep and Learning

In addition to your mood, sleep also appears to impact your mind’s ability to learn. Three separate processes govern learning in your brain: acquisition, consolidation, and recall.

Acquisition entails receiving information and storing it in your neural circuitry. The second process, consolidation, strengthens the neural connections in your mind so that the memory is stored in an optimally useful form. Recall is when the brain accesses this stored memory when it is needed.

Poor sleep compromises all three of these processes. However, it is acquisition and recall that are most affected by sleep deprivation. Recent research has also demonstrated that a lack of sleep can reduce the brain’s ability to consolidate information it is presented with.

Students take note: inadequate sleep may negatively affect your chances of passing that exam. Indeed, you may even find yourself forgetting how to do simple tasks. If you’ve ever been involved in back-to-back all-nighters during exam week, you may already have experienced forgetting a solution to a simple problem – even after you’d done it half a dozen times!


Dealing with Sleep Problems To Improve Mental Health

If you’re experiencing emotional apathy, anxiety, depression, or irritability, one of the steps you can take before seeking a professional is to assess your sleep situation.

Treat sleep as a ritual. Similar to reading to a child before putting them to bed, a habit that helps one disconnect from gadgets and put their mind in a relaxed mood can go a long way towards ensuring a restful, wholesome, sleep experience.

Making time before going to bed is a good idea. Avoid exposure to bright lights (such as those emitted by computer screens and smartphones). Try not to consume caffeine or alcohol, as all of these can be detrimental to the quality of sleep (and may even prevent the onset of sleep completely).

Obviously, the way you’ve set up your bed (and your entire bedroom) will also play an important role in how well you’re able to sleep. For example, memory foam mattresses are often recommended for individuals who sleep in awkward postures that can cause back pain. For some good reviews, check out The Sleep Judge.

If you can’t get rid of thoughts buzzing around in your head, you may want to listen to some natural background sounds, such as rainfall or wind rushing through trees. This will ease your mind away from distractions, helping you drift off to sleep. If you get the recommended amount, see how replenished you feel the next day!


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