“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.” – Ross Perot“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.” – Richard Nixon“Of all the stratagems, to know when to quit is the best.” – Chinese Proverb“Quit while you’re ahead.” – Proverb
Most well meaning advice often ends up being contradictory. Indeed, the actual suggestions can be mutually exclusive!
The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse takes the cheese. Opposites attract and yet birds of a feather flock together. Idle hands make devil’s work, but apparently there’s no rest for the wicked.
So, too, is quitting confusing.
Motivational posters in career offices and high school gyms the world over tell us we should never give up… and yet, at some point or another we all do. You might even say… that not giving up -at times- can be downright stupid.
If Sisyphus had had a choice, for instance, he most definitely would have quit the whole rock pushing race a long time ago.
The question then is:
When is it time to Quit? How do we know when to stop?
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