ABC Challenge #17: Q for Quitting

Yes, I’m back to my challenge. Too many things that required my time and attention were up, so I had to steer away from the challenge and make room for them. And now I’m heading back to where I started. 🙂

The world is very tough on people who choose to quit. They say winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win. But I beg to differ.

It is true that we wouldn’t know if we’re good at something, unless we attempt it in the first place. Quitting even before trying doesn’t make much sense. But sometimes we should know when to wrap up things for good.

Before we embark on anything, we should be able to evaluate ourselves and rationalize whether we’d be able to accomplish the assigned task. The best way to go with this, would be to sit down and ask ourselves what we’re capable us. Much as we should know what we are capable of, we should also know what our limitations are. Setting unrealistic goals and being optimistic about it is, well neither realistic nor practical.

When we try something new, we should after a certain point of time sit back and review our progress. IF we feel that we are making a steady progress, or  if we could perform better with time and practice, we should pursue it with vigor. But even after repeated efforts, we see ourselves not getting anywhere on the road that we’d charted for ourselves, we should be able to come to a decision. We should be able to accept what we are capable of and take a wise decision.

Everyone is talented in something or the other. Some people find it easily. Some people take time to find out what they’re really good at. With the little time that we have here, wouldn’t it be wise to devote our time to something that we might be good at, rather than being stuck with something that is taking us to a dead end ? 

It does take courage to quit. It takes courage to drop something after having spent so much time and efforts in them. But, if we need to start something, which we might probably be good at, we first need to stop what we’re doing and get back to the starting line.

After all, knowing our limitations is never a sign of weakness.

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16 thoughts on “ABC Challenge #17: Q for Quitting

  1. Totally agree…Sometimes, after trying, we realise that it's not what we wanted to do, or we are not good at that..we can try a few more times,a little harder. But there's just no point. It's better to quit and move on!

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  2. Quitting should not be the first option.After all one would not have embarked on something without pondering over it well and knowing one's capabilities.Despite this,if things go awfully wrong ,it is wise to cut losses by quitting.There is nothing infra dig about it as it can be called a mid course correction.I liked the way you present your views.

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  3. There are two different things that one achieves by pursuing some difficult goal – Success (and with it, satisfaction), Failure (and with it, learning). Now, how much learning is enough learning? If one knows the answer to that question, life will become simpler. Secondly, quitting after becoming successful is also an option – There is nothing more to learn and one doesn't get addicted to success/adulation, as well.

    If the goal is big/challenging enough, there is no way one can determine when they have tried their 'hardest'. There are always different things to try!

    Destination Infinity

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  4. A friend of mine used to tell often while we were in our early youth, “break the limits”. He like many of us , our generations , those of us who have been inspired by Johnathan Livingstone , the seagull longed to be not quitters.

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  5. Sometimes its not even quitting. Its about taking a step back hoping to take two steps forward! Just like the bow and arrow – the arrow has to move behind so that it creates maximum impact when it hits the target 🙂

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