Alchemical Thoughts

You have to know when to quit

Posted on: October 27, 2010

I found this post over at Dumb Little Man interesting and relevant. The post’s title is “How to Know When to Quit.” With the cultural imperative that gets shoved down our throats since childhood about winning and not quitting, I think this post deserves to be read and applies. That whole thing about not quitting no matter what is a load of male bovine excrement. There are going to be moments in life when you will have to quit something– a field of study, a job, a project, so on– for various reasons. You should know when to call it quits and move on to something else. The author of the post, Ali Hale, gives a list of signs to look for. I am going to list the signs, but you should go over and read the post to learn more:

  1. “You just wish it was over.”
  2. “There’s no end in sight.”
  3. “You’re not gaining anything new.”
  4. “Your priorities have radically changed.”

She also goes on to write, “there is absolutely no shame in quitting. In fact, it can take a lot of maturity and bravery to stand up and say ‘I quit'”. Exactly. Anyone can keep going, and he or she can keep crashing in the same wall, treading water, whatever metaphor you want to use. They can sound tough and resilient, but in the end, if the only real option is quitting, and they refuse to do so, they are just fools. Have the maturity and bravery to quit when it is the right time.

And then move on. Life is too short to waste it something you should have quit sooner.

 

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