Necessary endings


An ending is the beginning.

Endings are a necessary stage in growth. Endings are events to shed things for whose time has passed. I recently discovered the book Necessary Endings where the author Henry Cloud describes the “pruning” process and strategies of ending things well. 

Below are some key takeaways and quotes picked up from the book as it relates to entrepreneurs and business owners.

Below are a few of my favorite Tips and Quotes from his book:

  1. Make pruning and endings a part of life.
  2. Do not become attached to circumstances and situations.
  3. If we aren’t measuring, we don’t know.
  4. Set frequent deadlines to get things done.
  5. Every ending means a new beginning.


I pulled a few memorable quotes from the book for you.


Favorite Quotes from Necessary Endings:

  • “No matter what ‘potential’ someone has, or what talents, brains, or opportunities they possess, unless they also have the character to bring it all to fruition, success rarely happens. Who you are really, truly matters.”
  • “Your business and your life will change when you really, really get it that some people are not going to change, no matter what you do, and that still others have a vested interest in being destructive. Once you accept that, some very necessary endings get much easier to do.”
  • “Getting to the next level always requires ending something, leaving it behind, and moving on. Growth demands that we move on. Without the ability to end things, people stay stuck, never becoming who they are meant to be, never accomplishing all that their talents and abilities should afford them.” page 7
  • “You have to know the standard you are pruning towards.” page 23
  • “Great leaders make life and death decisions.”  page 71
  • “Hope is not a strategy.” page 89
  • “The best predictor of the future is the past.” page 93
  • “You cannot deal with everyone in the same way.” page 125
  • “Deadlines focus energy like a laser.” page 164
  • “You have to be able to face losing some things you might want in order to be free to do the right thing.” page 177