It is almost never okay to quit. And howsoever you want to justify your act of giving up, you’d rarely be the exception. Trials, sufferings, difficulties, hardships, obstacles, these are the inevitable parts of life. Everyone faces them in their own ways. These trials are not placed there to pull you down, though, rather help you up. At least you’ll have to believe that if you ever want to overcome them. It is ethically not right to quit, but here are some more reasons to make you stop and rethink, if you ever find yourself standing at this crossroad.
- Ideas have great potential in them. People have great potentials too. When people and ideas with the potential combine, something great has the opportunity to sprout. But it’ll only remain a sapling, and never bear any fruits if you don’t give it a chance and enough time. You cannot call it quits midway nurturing a plant, and expect it to grow on its own. The idea will remain only that –an idea if you stop working on it and it will never reach its true capability. You are taking away from the world something that could have brought a change.
- In any enterprise or venture, there are several people involved and they are stacked like dominoes –if one goes, all go. If you’re finding it difficult to carry on and are in the mood to quit and go home –stop for a second. Think for a moment not of your disability to continue, but of everybody else’s combined efforts to keep it going. If you quit, there will not only be hurt feelings but also (possibly) empty pocket and unemployed youth. Don’t let down the people who are dependent on you for a moment of weakness.
- Your co-workers and employees would be the people directly affected by you quitting. There will also be some who will feel the blow indirectly, but no less strongly. These are the friends or family members who look up to you, who idolize you. You’ll break their morale and confidence if you decide to give up. It’s up to you set an example for them. You wouldn’t want them to give in at the first sign of hardships, would you? So, should you?
- You will regret it. It is a simple fact. It is understandable that difficulties can weaken even the bravest souls. But you have also to understand that it is only temporary. These difficulties, these hardships will pass, and if you quit now in a moment of doubt and weakness, you will forever regret this rash decision. Give it a little time. Let yourself come to terms with your suddenly upside down surroundings. It’s okay! When the dust settles down, if you still feel yourself unable to work up to your position, then look at your options –quitting being at the bottom of the list.
- If you quit on one venture, you might be compared to those standards for long after it. It’s not fair, but the world can be a cruel place. You might want to give it fewer opportunities to be cruel to you. You might achieve many things after that one failed incident, it’ll still be painted red in your resume that you once abandoned a sinking ship. This is not a good character certification. On the other hand, if you stick it out, you might be praised for standing strong even when there was no seeming way out. You decide for yourself –what look do you want to wear for the rest of your life!
- Let’s say you do quit. Way down the line, when it has long ceased to be of any consideration or importance to anyone, you almost lazily think of what it could have been like if you hadn’t quit. Would things have been different –better, worse? Can you live with not knowing the answer to this question all your life? We regret the thing we didn’t do more, after all, than the ones we did.