Quit when what you are doing does not serve your mission in any way. In order to know when this is you will need to define your mission and compare the projects you are working on to your overall purpose in life.
This is, of course much easier said than done.
Some results take hours, some weeks some months and some results take years to manifest. Why would you want to invest years (or even hours) on something that distracts you from your mission in life? Most things that do you will either move you closer to your genuine purpose or drive you farther away from it.
A good place to start is by asking yourself what are you drawn to and why you are drawn to it. Examine your heart as well as your mind and see if you can start to find words that accurately describe what you honestly believe is your mission in life. I suggest that you write down the ideas that come up when you search your soul for your real purpose.
It is important to record in some way the answers that reveal them selves to you and to realize that it may take a few swipes at it before you start to get a real grip on the truth of the matter. This can be a life changing experience if you apply the results of your inquiry to your day-to-day life. Just like anything else of value, if you do not choose to act on it, then there is a really large chance that it will not have any effect at all.
Once you have some concrete evidence of your inner search, you can revisit it and refine it. By writing down your answers to life’s most compelling questions, you open the door to using that information to make better choices and ultimately discovering the best use of your time on earth. This is not for those who do not care or for those who are content to make excuses. This is for people who choose to own their life and their decisions.
Knowing what your mission is will help you to decide when to keep going. The projects that are in alignment with your true purpose are worth pursuing even if they are not getting you any immediate and/or practical results. You may need to recalibrate your expectations and rework your plan in order to complete some projects. The main point is to keep on doing do what is right for your greater purpose and eliminate as much of the distracting and potentially destructive efforts you put forth.
I have found a great resource to get started down this road. Owner Magazine editor, Chris Brogan, has a knack for building community and the material he publishes is relevant and deeply substantial. I am personally working my way through two of his courses and have grown considerably in the short time since I started (as I trust anyone would if they were to take this stuff seriously). I am not alone in feeling that there is great value in Mr. Brogan’s work (he is a New York Times bestselling author who has found a way to use one word to get huge results), if you would like to see for yourself check this out:
Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group (affiliate)
Or, if you really want to get to the next level quicker, try:
Owner’s Path (affiliate)
Either way, I’ll be right there alongside with you, happy to answer any questions and support you on the path you choose because it has chosen you!