You Need to Know When to Give Up

The why-to of giving up

One of the greatest talents of a worker is knowing when to give up. Giving up is an important strategy because it frees you up to start on the next thing that you might or might not finish. It allows for an escape from the difficulty and discomfort of challenging tasks. Think about the last time that you had to do something unpleasant to complete a task, it was kinda crappy, right? Image if you just gave up instead and didn’t worry about finishing whatever you were working on; you wouldn’t even have to do the crappy part of the task!

We all have things we need to work on and finish. Work projects, school assignments, and household repairs are only the start of constant responsibilities that we face every single day. Sometimes we have no choice and we must complete a task, but these times are outnumbered by the times that we do have a choice. A choice between causing ourselves pain and agony, or freeing ourselves to be able to do something else entirely.

The when-to of giving up

Some people say that giving up is unsatisfying and that you can never accomplish worthwhile things if you do not persevere through the challenges that make you want to throw in the towel. They will claim that the greatest satisfaction comes after enduring through a difficulty, moving one step closer to completing your ultimate goal. But looked at another way, giving up is liberating. It frees you from the responsibility and struggle of having to do something challenging. It uncages you to start from step one on something else.

As a rule, look at for these things as signs that it may be time to throw in the towel

  1. Things get hard: If a task or projects starts challenging you, take a step back. Then don’t ever take a step forward again and you never have to deal with the discomfort of challenge.
  2. People tell you that you can’t do it: Listen to the people that say you can’t do it. They know what they’re talking about most of the time and understand your limits better than you do.
  3. You think of anything else you could be doing: Giving up will give you a chance to do something else! Even if you give that up too, at least you have plenty of variety in your life.

Let it go…

One of the questions when we face a challenge in what we’re working on is when do I throw in the towel? The answer is now. Let it go and start doing something else that doesn’t make you uncomfortable. You know you want to.

As you can see, giving up is a beautiful thing. It releases you from the challenge of difficult tasks and frees you to work on something else. Something that might be easier or that you might be better at. And then if that starts getting hard, you can give up again and repeat the process until you find something altogether unchallenging that lets you stay in your wonderful comfort zone.