When you’re a kid, it’s drilled into your head to not quit. Quitting means giving up, right? It is equivalent to not being strong enough. But this belief is overrated. Not quitting is overrated. Life is actually a delicate dance between quitting and not giving up.
When my parents had our convenience store small business, it was not going well. It was not easy to manage. The bills were stacking up and honestly, we hung onto that store far too long than we should’ve. Every time I spoke to my parents about selling the store, my father became stand offish and resistant.
I noticed this quality in my father since my childhood. He achieved substantial success in his life because of this same quality. The quality to persist and keep going no matter what. But what if went too far? What if not quitting could actually be detrimental to you?
5-10 Years Into the Future…Will You Regret It?
From my own experiences, there are things I have attempted that seemed initially so exciting and enticing. I thought it was the perfect idea at the time! But shortly after, my interest quickly vanished. But because I gave it significant time and energy, I struggled with letting it go.
I didn’t want to be seen as a quitter. And so I kept going. But you know what? I didn’t enjoy it a bit. Eventually, I did scrap my idea and felt a huge relief.
Today, when I look back, I feel happy. Which is a test I put myself through now whenever I feel similar emotions. Five to ten years later, will I regret quitting? If the answer is yes, then I carry on. Sometimes, an extra push and persistence are needed to pull through.
And if the answer is no? Then, it’s time to pack up and move forward.
You Are Not Enjoying It Anymore
Don’t let all the time, energy, and even money spent stop you from quitting. Because when the feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction are not there, then what’s the point?
The best measuring stick is if something feels right, keep chugging away. The peaks and valleys are natural. But if that feeling goes away, then gracefully let it go.
The experience will have a wealth of lessons that you can learn from, but life is too short to spend time on something that doesn’t feel right.
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