In the sports world, we see it all the time. A great player begins to experience diminished skills as he/she ages but cannot stop trying to compete. Sometimes it becomes an embarrassment.
But, we see it in the business world as well. A great performer begins to "lose it" as far as success goes and is nowhere near as effective as he/she once was.
In my case, I finally saw, at age 65, that I wasn't getting the results or the satisfaction from my job that I did for many years. I was stressed beyond measure. I prayed about it. I asked God to tell me what to do. He indicated to me that I should thank Him for the many great years I had in business and I should retire. I did---even though I didn't feel comfortable financially. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
I will mention two current examples of well known personalities who have struggled with this issue and gone in different directions:
---Pat Head Summitt ---Famous basketball coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols
---Tony LaRussa ---Famous major league baseball manager
In the case of the legendary Ms Summitt, a coach who has achieved unparalleled sucess over 38 seasons, she was diagnosed with "early onset Alzheimer's dementia" earlier this year.
After it was announced that she is afflicted with dementia, I naturally assumed she would step down as head coach and turn the program over to a successor. But, no. She has stated she will stay on at least three more years.
When do you KNOW it's time to quit?