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Giving up vs Quitting

Posted by Tara Burner 1 comments

If you ask me (and nobody did but yet you’re still reading this) giving up and quitting are not the same.

give up – when you admit defeat to something that you want and may even still want but just can’t go for because it requires too much discipline, hard work, determination, etc.

quit – when you stop because you know it’s not really what you want to do, need to do, is your best interest to do…quitting something that you know is wrong for you.

Yes, I know…
there a gazillion bagillion quotes about not quitting, and never giving up but that’s not always the best advise.

If you have a business that isn’t doing well, a relationship that’s beyond repair, a habit that isn’t advantageous to your well being…
then it’s ok to quit.
Why spend countless years trying to make a business thrive when you can move on and invest your time and energy in something that will flourish.
Ditto with a relationship…if it’s unrepairable and you feel the time is right…quit and enjoy yourself before you realize you’ve wasted your life in a bad situation.
Obviously if you have a bad habit…it’s good to quit that (smoking, drugs, alcohol, over-eating, gambling, whatever)

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Circumstances change…plans change…life changes…your values and morals evolve…
So, quitting is ok if what you’re doing doesn’t fit any longer.

Question of the day
Do you think giving up and quitting are the same?

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Aug 18, 2012
11:42 pm

Great semantics point. There are times when one should stop trying to do something and move onto something else that’s actually reachable, even if it’s a BAHG. For instance, I’ll never play on an NBA team no matter how hard I work, being over 50, but if I decided I wanted to study to be a lawyer that’s actually reachable. Some relationships aren’t worth the effort and some are; one just have to use good judgment to figure out which way to go. If one gives up or quits for the right reason no problems.

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