There is something of a stigma around quitting these days. We value hustle, commitment, and pushing past obstacles so much that quitting is nothing less than an embarrassing failure — proof that you, your idea, or your business just wasn’t good enough. But the truth is that so often, you’re probably much better off if you just owned up to the mistake and moved on.
When you take a good, hard look at the current landscape of tech, the picture you see might not be encouraging for the intrepid company looking to change the game with a new and innovative product. It’s easy to assume that everything's been done, and it’s easy to concede that a few companies have gathered so much power that they can’t effectively be challenged anymore. All of that begs the question, is it even possible to be disruptively innovative anymore?
Much of the conversation in the startup space is driven by the idea that your only goal should be to put something out into the world that’s truly disruptive or game-changing. If you haven’t created a billionaire dollar tech company that changes the way we live our lives on a fundamental level then you’ve failed. But the truth is that there is so much more to success than some Silicon Valley fantasy.