Why I quit my podcast & you should quit something too

tribefinderpodcastLast February, I launched “The Tribe Finder Podcast”. With all my passion and excitement, I was able to get the show into iTunes New & Noteworthy in a matter of days. I called in a few favours and got some fantastic well known guests. It was so much fun!

As the weeks went by, I got bored.

At first, I thought it was a phase, so I kept on keeping on.

When I talked to other podcasters, I’d hear phrases like “I LOVE it” and “This is totally me”. However, I didn’t feel like that at all. I felt like it was tedious and no longer me. I’d found a new message about launching and now “Tribe Finding” seemed LAME to me.

I got to meet really cool people and I LOVED our conversations. But, I knew that the podcast was taking away from doing other things that excited me more like video blogs, creating new products, or writing new business songs.

So, I decided to quit.

Yes, I did think “what will people think of me?”, and then that thought was swiftly followed by “No one is thinking about you. Do what you like”. I worried this would somehow reflect on my business and I would be seen as someone who doesn’t follow through. I worried that I would somehow miss the show later on, after I had quit.

None of this was true. Not once since quitting my podcast have I missed it.

Going back to blogging, video blogging and following my creative muse has opened so many doors for me. I’m happy and not bored. I got a few emails from people saying they missed the show, but there was no grand catastrophe like I had worried about.

The art of quitting is one of the most important skills as an entrepreneur. – Tweet this!

Is there something you need to decide to quit? Perhaps you’re just not feeling that new product you worked on or the collaboration you committed to?

As entrepreneurs, we are IDEA people and action people. We start something and then very quickly, we outgrow it. That’s okay. In fact, that’s fantastic. We are nimble, flexible and creative souls. If something isn’t working we MUST quit it as soon as we realize we aren’t into it. That way we can continue our journey to finding our next big idea.

If you’re not sure if you need to quit, here’s a few questions to ask yourself:

1. Does this bore more?
2. By saying yes to this am I saying no to something else I’d like to do?
3. Does this activity take up a lot of time?
4. Is this moving me towards the bigger vision that I have for myself?
5. Do hours pass by without me noticing because I am enjoying this so much?

If you answer YES to questions 1, 2 or 3. Quit it.
If you answered NO to questions 4 or 5. Quit it.

It’s easy to forget that we own our business. We are the boss. We get to protect our passion and stoke that fire in whatever way we choose. What can you quit today?

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  • I totally hear ya Farideh.

    I am actually transitioning to doing podcasting and creating small courses. Mainly because of the feeling I got from doing what I’ve been doing for so many years. Quitting is extremely nerve racking at first. However it is also exciting because you want to do what you love do.

    • Awesome Siedah!! The cool thing is that soooo many people ADORE their podcast and have so much success with it. I hope you have a FANTASTIC experience and that you love it.

  • LOVE THIS! Really helpful advice. (and I’m so happy you’ve gone back to video blogging and writing songs because those are my favorites!) 🙂

  • I totally agree with you, Farideh! This is excellent advice. So many times, we are afraid to stop what is not really working for us, and we get stuck spending energy and time on things that just do not bring us joy. Life is too short to spend our time doing things that are not working for us. Plus, if our heart is not into it, others feel that our ‘energy’ is off after awhile.

    • Yes! Totally Nathalie. I’ve noticed when people are pumped about what they’re doing they find it easier to promote it and also become more innovative.

  • oohh, reality check! What’s up with that fear of letting it go even thou I know it is not my “thing” any more? *sigh*
    Thanks for the ‘permission slip’ by the way. 😉


  • Um, YES. As someone who consistently overcommits, I need this, like, tattooed on my forehead. Or my arm… I would probably see it better on my arm… Today I’m gonna quit showering. Just kidding (or am I??). Today I’m gonna quit leaving my “personal” items LAST on my to-do list. Does that count? *Calls massage place, makes an appointment.* xo

    • Everytime you write I squeal with delight. It’s so fun. Seriously, everyone head over to yourhotcopy.com right now and read everything written by Jamie.

  • Very true Farideh! Being successful in business is a weird blend of being extremely persistent, but also being smart about letting go of the things that just aren’t cutting it!

  • Farideh — great post! I love the gut check you shared and totally agree with you about knowing when to let go of things that may not be the right fit!

  • Totally printing out those five questions to put on my desk! I have a hard time saying no and/or quitting things!

    • I saw a quote from Danielle Laport who said “It’s what I have said no to that made my business a success”. I’m pretty sure i butchered that quote but still the concept is there.

      • Just for you (okay, I don’t know if it was FOR you, but inspired by you) I turned down a project today 🙂

  • No one is thinking about me. You are right. I mean, I think about you. All the time. 🙂 But I didn’t think about the podcast like you may have thought people thought about it even though I enjoyed it. So glad you did what felt right, great lessons here. Thank you!

  • Question #4 is a great one! I like to use it to keep on track with what I’m filling my days with. Helps me create a clear distinction between ‘spending time’ and ‘investing time’.

  • I’ve gotta admit—I LOVED some of your podcasts, but your videos have always left a much more lasting impression in my information overloaded mind. Excited for you to ditch what you didn’t like so you can put your energies towards something that resonates better with your creative self. Get it!

  • Fantastic advice. I think we often get caught up thinking that if we don’t stick with something we will seem TOTALLY flaky, but the fact of the matter is that we’re likely the only ones noticing–and even if we’re not, it’s not some cataclysmic event if we decide to stop doing something or stop offering something. I’ve changed my offerings and my blog a LOT over the past few years, and it takes some time to figure out what’s right and what we want to do long term–and that’s totally okay!

    • I’ve loved all the changes you’ve been making over the past while Erin. Being so nimble is what makes us boutiques so powerful

  • This is so good to think about! It’s so easy to get caught up doing something and passing the time, all the while not realizing that you’re not even enjoying what you’re doing!

  • This is the exact line of thinking that led to me quitting my day job and using my savings to try and start making money online– except you’ve organized all those thoughts into a coherent idea. Great article and congrats on the positive feedback following the decision to end your podcast. It’s just not worth doing things you don’t derive joy from if you can help it.

  • Paige

    SO SO SO good! This advice is just perfect for me right now. I’m such a “yes” person, and because of that, I tend to take on a lot of stuff all at once. Quitting some of these things will make me such a better business person.

  • This is actually great. I know all about quitting. My previous business, photography, I quit because I got bored. people were surprised cause it’s what they literally knew me as (it was my personal brand and most people didn’t know I actually did marketing for years on the backend and that’s what made me actually nerd out. Had to start from scratch. But who cares? That’s the point of life- following what we WANT to do and doing it. Starting from scratch isn’t even all that bad – it’s a nice challenge to prove to yourself that you can do it.

  • Loving the “need to quit” questions. I’ve actually been streamlining some of my packages for website design and have changed some of my offerings for this very reason, really getting clear on what I want to be doing and also keeping in mind what my clients actually want. I will definitely use these questions as I fine tune the last few details. Thanks for sharing!

  • I know all about quitting when I get bored with something. I’m so passionate about things that I too think quitting is healthy 🙂

  • I hate blogging. Whew! That felt good to write. Yes. I have been trying to hang on to a blog that has no fire. I change it up every few months and seem to post just about as much. I see people thriving and making money from blogging and building up their fan base for their business, but in all actuality, I don’t like it. No matter if I change up the focus, it is a thorn in my side. Thanks, Farideh. I know what to do next.

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