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Quitting Is The Key

Every Monday, we come together, and today is no different, even though my surroundings have changed. As you can see, I’m in a hotel room in lovely Las Vegas. I’m here because tomorrow I’ll be speaking at the Waste Expo. And as always, consistency is key.

Even while traveling, it’s important to me to connect with you every Monday at 3:30 PM Central Standard Time. Today, let’s start with some moments of gratitude.

I’m grateful for fellow CEOs, business leaders, and partners. Just today, I had lunch with a good friend of mine, JC. We’ve known each other for years, and she recently started a hauling company. She mentioned how lonely it can be at the top, and I couldn’t agree more. Yet, we can look to each other as beacons from mountaintop to mountaintop, sharing our experiences.

For me, my Vistage CEO roundtable is a lifeline. These are my people. They have been crucial to my growth—mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. Even though we don’t have direct business interactions, we are personally invested in each other’s success and well-being. I’m deeply thankful for these connections.

Now, for my ask: Tomorrow, I’m thrilled to speak in front of hundreds at Waste Expo. I fucking love public speaking. For me, it’s the perfect equation of entrepreneurship—doing something I’d do for free that others are willing to pay for. Right now, I’m focusing on getting the reps in, so I’m doing a lot of pro bono work. If you know organizations that want to dedicate 45 to 90 minutes to learn why words matter, let me know. Tomorrow, I’ll be talking about the language of leadership, specifically for mid-level managers, to help them take more ownership and listen better to their teams.

With that said, let’s dive into today’s topic: why quitting is essential. This idea stemmed from a video I watched recently. An engineer and his son built a Lego bridge that was uneven. The dad started looking for more bricks to fix it, but the son simply removed some bricks, solving the problem effortlessly. It struck me how, as adults, we tend to add more complexity when sometimes the solution is to take away.

This reminded me of a conversation with my friend JC about honesty. It’s easy to lie but complicated to maintain those lies. Conversely, telling the truth is simple, though often perceived as hard. This is why I focus on simplifying my language and actions.

For example, I used to spend hours shooting content, convinced it was necessary. Now, I’ve streamlined my process, focusing on what’s productive and delegating the rest. It’s about doing less but achieving the same results.

This week, I challenge you to examine your daily habits. Identify one thing that doesn’t serve you and quit doing it. Whether it’s a habit, a task, or a mindset, simplify your life by removing what complicates it.

Remember, quitting isn’t about giving up. It’s about letting go of what holds you back. Focus on the things that matter and align with your goals. For me, quitting drinking was a significant step. It simplified my life and aligned with my goals of health and longevity.

So, what do you need to stop doing? What words or actions don’t serve you? Identify one thing, and commit to quitting it for 27 days. If you slip, start again. It’s about forming new, positive habits.

Thank you for joining me this week. Let’s keep pushing ourselves and embracing our roles as thought leaders. Remember the three steps to success: do the fucking thing, tell the fucking world, and show the fuck up. See you next week!

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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