“Never give up” is what we’re told throughout our lives, by our parents and by storybooks, by our teachers and coaches, and by our mentors and colleagues. The philosophy, which is idealistic, is that as long as you keep working hard, eventually you’ll get the result you want. You may have to find a new way around or improve yourself to meet the challenge, but as long as you don’t giveup, you’ll find success.
* “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill.
Giving up is a conscious way of recognizing some level of failure, which makes it hard to do. But as Churchill explains, failure shouldn’t stop you–it’s just one step of the journey. In some cases, the sooner you give up, the sooner you can move on to something better.
* “All of us make mistakes. The key is to acknowledge them, learn, and move on. The real sin is ignoring mistakes, or worse, seeking to hide them.” -Robert Zoellick.
Even when you do feel forced to give up, that doesn’t mean you’ll be walking away with nothing. You’ll have learned greatly from the experience, and you’ll be better equipped to deal with whatever comes next.
* “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” -Steve Case.
Before giving up, try to look at your situation objectively. Don’t be drawn into overly positive or overly negative thinking–look at it from both sides and make a logical determination of whether it’s worth pursuing further.
* “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -Anais Nin.
This quote is important to remember if you’re afraid of letting your idea go. It takes courage to give up on something you once believed in, but sometimes it’s necessary if you want to move on.
* “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
If something doesn’t work, you have to give it up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep moving forward.
* “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” -Teddy Roosevelt.
Instead of focusing on all the “could have beens,” focus on what you can do right now with the resources available to you.