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On knowing when to quit

Footprints on the beach

Not every battle is worth fighting.


But quitting is a dirty word and giving up is frowned upon. Quitting is for losers.


Yet moments arrive when we feel stuck and stagnant, and there’s no progress in sight. 


No matter how hard we try, we’ve hit the inevitable plateau and progress seems elusive. The law of diminishing returns sets in and we don’t seem to be able to push through.


Every worthwhile pursuit has its highs and lows, but effort doesn’t always yield results. 


Do you commit or adapt? Give up or double down? Sometimes it’s a choice between moving on or burning out.


Giving up is seen as a sign of failure, yet it’s sometimes the wise thing to do. Quitting thoughtfully is a skill, an art even: it’s about understanding when to persevere and when to drop it. Knowing when to hold on and push through, and when to let go and move on. 


Because some paths seem inviting but lead to dead ends. Every decision is a trade-off and there’s an opportunity cost to sticking to your guns. There’s always a sacrifice.


It’s not just preventing you from moving forward but also from redirecting your time, energy, and attention towards more promising things.  


Does the struggle lead you towards something meaningful, or is it just a detour? Is it a temporary setback or a dead end?


It’s okay to let go of things that are not working, free yourself to concentrate on the right things.


Not every struggle is worth it, and not every battle is worth fighting. 


Work out what really matters, and set the rest aside.


 

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