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Quitting carries a lot of stigma and shame in society, with connotations of “failure” or “not being able to stick it out” prevailing. Sayings such as “Quitters never win” have tricked us into believing that maintaining the status quo is always the “right” thing to do…or is the less risky choice. In fact, in life it’s a risk if you do AND it’s a risk if you don’t. Quitting is a choice…but so is not quitting.
This book is a collection of stories of everyday, real people and how they summoned the courage to quit things in their lives. Stories include quitting: jobs and careers, people and relationships, habits, aspirations, and identities. Every story shows an individual battling but ultimately triumphing over expectations – their own and others’ – to quit what was no longer serving them and make greater progress toward what they want in life.
Topics that come up in the book include:
- Cultural and family expectations
- Personal values
- Self-knowledge and awareness
- Regrets (or lack thereof)
- Preferred “ways” to quit
This book will make you entirely rethink how you view quitting – and quitters. It will encourage you to reexamine your own quitting experiences through a new paradigm. It may even inspire you to make that next big, positive change for yourself.
“One of the biggest differences between good and great is knowing when and how to quit...this book is filled with memorable stories and meaningful insights to guide you toward thinking more deeply about the question.” — Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
“Behal writes with wit and compassion about the sheer joy and wisdom of quitting. But here I also found a whip-smart chronicle of our life and times - our Silicon Valley highs and our racial justice lows, our understanding of gender and love and our misunderstandings of identity and belonging. I thought I was entering a book about (happy) quitters and I emerged with a deeper appreciation for life itself. Read this and you will laugh, cry, quit, thrive.” — Sonora Jha, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism at Seattle University and author of Foreign and How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family.
“In this refreshing reversal of the pseudo-inspiring, 'never-give-up!' literary genre, Behal turns the idea of giving up on its head. A must-read for real people in life transitions as well as those who are looking to be inspired by stories of real life hero-quitters.” — Julia Wuench, Founder of The Authenticity Guide, Business Insider's Most Innovative Coach of 2020
“We are constantly hearing praise for completion. Accomplishments that were checked off, aspirations that were achieved. While these are certainly worth celebrating, the things we didn’t do don’t see enough of the spotlight. Saying no, changing course and leaving behind endeavors, goals and relationships that don’t serve us are often the unsung heroes of success. That’s why I love Coonoor Behal’s appreciation for intentional endings in her book, I Quit! Through real stories and poignant insights, Behal gives quitting a new, well-deserved claim to fame.” — Rebekah Bastian, CEO & co-founder of OwnTrail & author of Blaze Your Own Trail
“Given reinvention has become the norm, this timely book serves as inspiration to those who want to proactively reinvent themselves. Through a collection of diverse stories, Coonoor Behal shakes up the negative connotation around ‘quitting’ while empowering the reader to embrace failure as part of the personal growth process.” — Saleema Vellani, CEO of Ripple Impact & Author of Innovation Starts With I