Necessary Tool for a Fulfilling Life

In today’s interview, we meet a physician who has written the book on strategic quitting. Then, we learn about her career journey, and why she believes that knowing when and how to quit is so important.

Lynn Marie Morski graduated from the St. Louis U. School of Medicine, and completed a Family Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic – Arizona, and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona. Not satisfied with those educational accomplishments, she then completed her law degree at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

She still works part time at the Veterans Administration. But her real joy comes from coaching and speaking about strategic quitting.

Lynn Marie spreads the gospel of strategic quitting, destigmatizing quitting, and giving people permission to quit whatever isn't working for them in their jobs, relationships, or mindsets.

She is the author of the book “Quitting by Design,” which is also the name of her business (see She is the host of the Quit Happens Podcast, a speaker, coach, and chief medical editor for Prime. And she also runs a Facebook group called Quitopia.

During our conversation she gives examples of quits she has implemented. And she describes how strategic quitting fits into career change, boosts productivity, and enhances our lives.

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“I love speaking to physicians. First off, I am one. And I feel the same strain and stress that the job brings to many people. But I also know that we are often the most stuck in what we're doing.”

Our Sponsor

The University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA Program, offered by the Haslam College of Business, is the proud sponsor of this podcast. You’ll remember that I interviewed Dr. Kate Atchley, the Executive Director of the program, in Episode #25 of this podcast.

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It’s Okay to Quit

Quitting is Lynn Marie’s “super power.” She gives permission to quit and the tools to do it strategically and successfully.

“If I had never strategically quit anything… I would be really unhappy. I think other people want to be happy and fulfilled, and aren't necessarily sure how.”


Is It Time to Quit?

Do you have heartburn, anxiety, or other somatic symptoms? What parts of your clinical career aren't working? You may not need to leave your entire clinical career and all of medicine behind. But you'll most certainly need to quit the parts that aren't working for you.

We live so long, there's time to have five different careers in your life. If you change your mind, congratulations! You're human, and you evolved.”

Lynn Marie Morski

If you’re thinking about changing to a non-clinical career, Lynn Marie recommends that you:

  • Follow your intuition;
  • Create a “No List”; and,
  • Visualize what you want to do in the future.

Quitting Perfectionism

Perfectionism often plagues high performers and achievers, such as physicians. At some point, you decided to go into medicine. “If we were perfect, we would be totally happy with that decision. We would love everything we're doing, and we would never consider this non-clinical career.”

Our lives will be so much easier and more productive if we learn to quit perfectionism. Lynn Marie addresses this issue in Episode 28 of her podcast.

Some people think changing their mind means they made a mistake. Different things will appeal to you at different times in your life. “We live so long, there's time to have five different careers in your life. If you change your mind, congratulations! You're human, and you evolved.”

Quitting “Maybes”

People frequently say, “Yes, maybe,” to an invitation. “We're either waiting for something better to come along, or we don't really want to do it.”

“Maybe” doesn’t do anybody any good. “People you've half-made commitments to can't really function properly. Somebody's trying to plan a party. They've got 40 ‘maybes.’ Do they buy one thing or chips for 70?”

Be honest, and say what you mean. Then, everybody benefits. Quit “maybe.” Every decision like this should be a “no”, if it's not a “hell-yes!”

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