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How to quit your job spectacularly well

Everyone eventually quits. So, what kind of quitter are you? Are you a bridge burner, the 2-week lame duck, or a generative quitter?

Here’s what Dave Evans, co-founder of Stanford Life Design Lab, has to say about quitting.

Whether your next quit is years away or you wish it were tomorrow—there is no avoiding it. You are going to be a quitter. What kind of quitter, though, is all up to you.

The two most common types of quitter are the Bridge Burner and the 2-Week Lame Duck. But we have a radical third option—the Generative Quitter.

But what’s this Generative Quitter about?

The Generative Quitter is a radical third option. Most people think of quitting as a negative, destructive thing. It means leaving, ending, bailing out. But quitting is also the critical turning point between finishing well and starting anew. Let’s re-frame quitting into a chance to refresh and renew things for the company and a chance for you to author a great final chapter of your old job en route to a great next job.

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