In yesterday’s post, we talked about when you’re better off to quit something. (Some really great comments there if you haven’t read already.) Today let’s look at when to hang on.
I mentioned that many people fail, because they don’t know when to give up on a bad idea. But the inverse is also true…
People give up on a company right before the stock takes off. They run from a relationship at the first sign of work. They quit a business just before the breakthrough.
So when do you fight longer?
If you have a bad idea or business concept that continues to fail, sometimes it is best to let it go. It is sometimes through trial and error that we discover the real breakthrough concepts. But have the philosophy, “this or something better.” Never let go of your ultimate dream of success. Find another concept and throw yourself into it.
Fight for love. Love isn’t always easy. Relationships, even friendships, take a lot of work. If you aren’t willing to invest in relationships, you’ll go through life devoid of one of its greatest pleasures. If you are seeing progress and the relationship is generally healthy, it’s probably worth the work.
When someone you love is fighting addiction, or the relationship has reached the point of dysfunction, I think you give it every possible chance, even seeking professional help. But when it reaches the point of enablement and/or co-dependency, the loving thing to do is to move away. You’re no longer helping them and you are hurting yourself as well.
If it is you fighting an addiction, you must never give up. No matter how many times you relapse, you must get up and go another round. Your sanity and life depend on it. And don’t think you must do it alone. Get professional help.
Some things are a hill to die on. And your dreams of health, happiness and success all qualify for this.