Winners Know When to Quit

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em. Know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away. And know when to run.” – Kenny Rodgers

I’ve learned what you don’t do is as important as what you do.

The more things I quit, the better life becomes.

The 3 best things I ever QUIT:  

  • Golf
  • TV
  • “To Do Lists”


Golf and I were in a bad marriage.

I would spend hours on the links, shoot my weight, and come home frustrated.

As Andrea Bochelli’s song goes, it was “time to say goodby…”

QUITTING golf was liberating.

No more searching for my drive in the woods or watching grown men walk around in plaid pants.

Quitting golf gave me more time & energy to focus on more important things, like being choked unconscious on the jiu jitsu mat.


Want to talk about a TV series or the local news?  I may be one of the worst people on the East coast to do that with you.

The constant barrage of violence, fires, and false snowstorms kills my positive vibe.

I’ve cut the TV cord (Eagles games NOT included).

Call it purposeful ignorance.   

“To Do” Lists

I used to write out daily “To Do” lists.

I’d spend the day running around, crossing off all the items.

A false sense of accomplishment surrounded me like one of those cheap Today’s Man suits I wore after graduating from college.

I was busy but far from doing anything relevant.

I learned focusing on my “Not to Do” list was more productive.  

Steve Jobs said, “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”

Jobs told Business Week magazine that knowing what NOT to spend their time on gave Apple the ability to focus on developing the products that rocked the world.


Quitting these 3 things frees up significant time.

Focusing on less helps me accomplish the goals I set for my 3 main priorities.

  • Family
  • Career
  • Jiu Jitsu

What are your most important goals?

What are you willing to quit to make them happen?

Saying quitters never win is AVERAGE.

Focusing on what matters most leads to REMARKABLE.

– Joe Ciccarone

Winners Quit

Quit to Win

About Joe Ciccarone

Host of the “Built Not Born” podcast, Blogger ( & BJJ Black Belt. "Escape Average, Be Remarkable."
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3 Responses to Winners Know When to Quit

  1. Josh Mcinteer says:

    Great post Joe. We often times lose focus on what matter in life. Quick question: Can I quite paying my water bill?

  2. Jim trunick says:

    Great points, Joe. Strategic quitting is
    Maturity at work. Churchills “never quit” Is valuable, and needs to be balanced with smart decision-making
    , and pick your battles. Several souls lay at the bottom of Mt. Everest, with sadly “never Quit” improperly balanced with a Smart decision-making.

  3. Interesting post – though golf is meant to be difficult and never fully possible to master, I appreciate your priorities! However, will you be able to do jui-Jitsu in your retirement? Golf will be waiting for you to come back then! Keep up the good work and glad to see your efforts.

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