International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #237 *September 2021
Asheville, NC USA
When is it Okay to Quit?
Suzan Maepe (Lesotho)
“Quitting is not giving up, it’s choosing to focus your attention on something more important. Quitting is not losing confidence, it’s realizing that there are more valuable ways you can spend your time. Quitting is not making excuses, it’s learning to be more productive, effective and efficient instead. Quitting is letting go of things or people that are sucking the life out of you so that you can do things that bring you strength.” By: Osayi Osar-Emokpae
We live in a world that scorns on quitting and only sees it as a form of weakness. A world where grit, tenacity, perseverance are the only words synonymous with success. But what if quitting is the actual thing that will catapult you to success? But when is it okay to call it quits, in a relationship, friendship, in your career, in your entrepreneurial journey?
When it is affecting your mental health
You know it is time to bid a job or a relationship farewell if it starts affecting your mental health, keeping you awake at night and making you feel depressed or anxious. For a lot of people who have invested a lot of time and energy into a relationship, it is hard to bid farewell to such relationships. No matter if you have already invested 10 years or more into the friendship, the marriage or the career, if it is devouring and swallowing you whole into a dark pit of depression, it is a tell-tale sign to start toying around the idea of leaving such a relationship or contract. Sometimes the true strength lies in knowing when to walk out of something that no longer serves you.
When you have done your best
There are a lot of business owners who stay in a business for far too long, struggling to keep it afloat, end up declaring bankruptcy and losing not only their business but their families as well. We have all been bestowed with a sixth sense, otherwise known as intuition. When your intuition is telling you to put a halt on the toxic relationship or business that is not going too well, it is best to listen to it. Deciding to quit and pursue a different business after trying countless times to make it succeed, is not a sign of failure. Or going back home to stay with your parents after a tumultuous failed marriage. If you tried your best to make it succeed, and it didn’t work out, it is okay, the universe has something else meant for you.
Fear of change is the only reason you are staying
“Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t know” we all grew up listening to that old-adage saying and it has seeped into our minds so much that even when we know deep down, it is time to leave, we stay for fear of the unknown. How many girl-friends do you know who have stayed with a man who cheated on them countless times and refused to leave because they would much rather deal with the devil they know. If fear of change is the only thing keeping you at your toxic job or bad relationship, you may be doing yourself the greatest harm by staying as the long-term effects will not be favorable in the long run. Remember, Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
(Suzan is a Level Four Student).
What Others Are Saying
One Minute Meditation
Start by becoming inwardly still and quiet. Then look around, taking in everything that is in your immediate environment. Go within, into your heart, a place of love, compassion, and kindness within. From this place, appreciate and honor all that is around you. Visualize a sphere of lovingness emerging from this inner place and expanding out to touch and bless those things that you can see and touch. Take a minute to love your world. Then ask that this same spirit of love expand to embrace the world itself, that all beings, all life, may experience the love at the heart of creation.
(From the Lorian Group; shared during a recent IIGL Board Meeting Call).
What are Students are Reading
The Illusions of Entrepreneurship ($14.20)
A challenge to the myths we hold about entrepreneurs in America who they are, what they do, and how they succeed. There are far more entrepreneurs than most people realize. But the failure rate of new businesses is disappointingly high, and the economic impact of most of them disappointingly low, suggesting that enthusiastic would-be entrepreneurs and their investors all too often operate under a false set of assumptions. This book shows that the reality of entrepreneurship is decidedly different from the myths that have come to surround it. Scott Shane, a leading expert in entrepreneurial activity in the United States and other countries, draws on the data from extensive research to provide accurate, useful information about who becomes an entrepreneur and why, how businesses are started, which factors lead to success, and which predict a likely failure. The Illusions of Entrepreneurship is an essential resource for everyone who has dreamed of starting a new business, for investors in start-ups, for policy makers attempting to facilitate the formation and survival of new businesses, and for researchers interested in the economic impact of entrepreneurial activity.
Students/Graduates In Action
Congratulations to IIGL President for Receiving a New Award!
In August, IIGL President and Graduate, Vivian Muciri (Kenya); firstname.lastname@example.org received an Award from “I Change Nation; (#ICN). Vivian shared, “When I was young I used to say when I grow up I want to be an adult. This is because Life had taught me the only guaranteed growth is biological. Most people used to think I was being cocky with this statement but for me it was coming form a point of reality, that made me feel like my life wont amount to anything. I stopped living and started existing going through the motion of life in my teen. Friday I got awarded by “I Change Nation,” I didn’t know what to do or what to say. I had a speech prepared but was not able to deliver it. For those we have brushed shoulders you know I never miss words, but I did that day. Three days I was at owe thinking of what did I do to deserve this, what does this award really mean, How will I up my game and do more. For me this award has put lots of pressure on me (good pressure) for I feel I have been send back to the start and not the finish line. That I need to prove that I can become more and do more. Be more effective in what am doing, and prove to the world that I deserve this award. To someone discouraged keep going, the world is watching and the only growth guaranteed is biological growth, all other growth will take your effort. Keep showing up and just do the next thing. Always remember the world is watching and you never know who will recognize your effort. For me all I did is show up, deliver and be consistent. I never focused on my pain but on my purpose. The only goal I had was I will not die mediocre and the only thing I strive for was to be effective and not famous. I am forever grateful to Caroline Gikonyo for she birthed purpose in me and made me changed my view of self. My encounter with her made me want to be more than an adult and set me up on a road to purpose. Dr. Nashon Juma and Dr. Ruben West for realizing the impact I have to this generation, and #ICN for the recognition. Most importantly Ethelbert Obinna Umeh (Nigeria) for being my motivator and mentor, My mum for always being in my corner, and my mentor, friends and all we have brushed shoulders for inspiring me, believing in me, challenging me and all that you did. Keep showing up, keep believing and be consistent. May prayer is you too will be recognized for your amazing work.” Congratulations Vivian!
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Meet Our New Students
There were no new students this month
We had 3 students from 3 countries complete a total of 4 books in August. These students were from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Rwanda.
Aynalem Hadra Maruf (Ethiopia)
Michael Kelechi (Nigeria/UAE)
* The Power of Intention
Nkaka Victor (Rwanda)
* Goal Mapping
* Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
1 enrolled in August
38 enrolled in 2021
4 in August
71 in 2021
0 in August
5 in 2021
Cost of Books
$0 in August
$122.10 in 2021
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Deb Silver (Israel)
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Deb Rosen (USA/WI)
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