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Shamrock Chronicles: Chapter 5

How do you know when quitting is right? Like, how do you know if you're a lousy stinking quitter, or if you're smart enough to know when to say when?

Posted February 9, 2003 8:06 PM | On This Day: 2005 2004

 

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You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away and know when to run
You never count your money, when you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin', when the dealin's done

When you realize that your time is worth more than what other people think.

yes. or when it has become very un-fun.

If you are tired and just want to curl up with some ben and jerry's and the only thing stopping you is the fact that other's may think poorly of you - welllll pbbt to them! Go have some ice cream. In your PJs.

Quitting is as american as apple pie! But then again I guess it all depends on what you want to quit doing. I say you should do what your hunches tell you too, and say bugger all to anyone else that it might effect.

So... what happened?

You have to decide if the goal is worth the price. Answer these questions:
1. What s the goal? If you don't know then you don't know if it is worth doing something to achieve it.
2. Will you appreciate the pain when you get to the goal or regret the time spent achieving it?
3. What will you feel about yourself when it is over?
4. What would you be doing if you weren't doing this thing (whatever it is)

Remember, life ain't all logical. Even if your swell black haircut and the sash make you look like one of those Romulan power women from Star Trek. (Which is a very nice look)

Drawing on other peoples wisdom:

Nietzsche said, that which doesnt kill you makes you stronger.

I cant remember who it was who said you only regret the risks you didn't take.

My personal example was the centurion march - 100 miles in 5 days over mountains. Sounded like a good idea when I signed up for it, was about the worst 5 days of my life. I seriously thought about dropping out and was supported by a great bunch of people who persuaded me to stick at it

now looking back it was one of the greatest acheivements of my life, which I look back on when things get tough and say to myself - well, if I survived that i can get through this.

My conclusion from all of this: unless external circumstances have changed to make your goal unattainable, I wouldn't quit. Stick with it. in the long run you'll be glad you did.

I experienced a similar scenario involving a centurion, like above. A few years back some friends and I did a centurion Canadian style. At first I was gung-ho, but after the first 50 minutes and an equal number shots of beer, I began to reconsider the idea. After 75 minutes (75 shots), I was convinced I wouldn’t make it. But I persevered. Did I make it to 100 minutes (100 shots)? Oh yes. In fact, at 100 we decided to keep going. If I would have quit at 50 like I wanted to, I wouldn't have reached 158, and wouldn’t have went to the bar and stripped to my underwear. Yeah...never quit.

For me, If the person I want to be(someone who is more intelligent, reasonable, responsible, and experienced) would quit then I should consider it.

So, in other words, listen to the voices in your head. But not the ones telling you to go on a murderous rampage.

Then again, I'm a unique in-duh-vidual.

I think it's fascinating how many people have replied (more or less sincerely) to what was obviously a drunken post made on the spur of the moment. ;)

So didja quit? Huh, didja?

It actually was a sincere, sober, and well thought-out post. Made at 8:00pm on a Sunday night. Give me some credit, Grid!

With apologies to Mr. Shakespeare

To quit, or not to quit: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of indecision, Or to take arms against a sea of consequeces, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more;

Do I have an answer? umm..no .... but I thought Hamlet's internal dialogue, (albeit a slightly bastardized version) sounded very vaguely like what you were asking. (Hell, he didn't figure it out either you know) But I do wonder something..
(Warning!! Analogy Alert!!)
Say you were driving a car, and you suddenly figure out the bridge up ahead is out. The road just ends and before you is a 1500 foot drop to a river. You don't want to die so you hit the brakes...............Are you quitting or just stopping?