“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” – William E. Hickson
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Joseph P. Kennedy
I’m sure you’re familiar with these quotes. They all speak to the same concepts — persistence, perseverance, and overcoming adversity.
Here’s some advice: Forget all that stuff. Accountability, self-development, and self-improvement are overrated. And, it takes a lot of work to make yourself better. Why expend all that effort? I’m pretty sure no one ever improved their lot in life — academically, athletically, personally, or professionally — by working hard to make themselves better.
Are you a student who doesn’t care for a teacher, classmate, or class? Don’t particularly like homework and studying? Struggling with a certain subject or course? Are you just plain tired of school? Just quit.
Are you an athlete whose coach is not giving you the playing time you feel you deserve? Teammates not helping you get the exposure and recognition to which you’re entitled? If you’re not satisfied with your playing time — or any other aspect of your sport participation… walk away.
Are you a business professional who’s just plain tired of the day-to-day grind? Experiencing difficulty with a job-related role, responsibility, or task? It may be time to put in your notice.
Having trouble communicating, interacting, and coexisting with family and friends? It’s obviously their problem (no matter how many of them there are) because it certainly can’t be you. You should suggest to all of them that they “look in the mirror” and engage in some serious soul-searching and attitude adjustment, and learn to adjust to your perspective.
And another thing: I’ve always encouraged my kids to talk directly with adults — teachers, coaches, supervisors, etc. — to discuss and resolve any issues that may exist, before I got involved. I wanted them to deal with differences of opinion and adversity, and learn to “fight their own battles.” But maybe I had it wrong. Why should a kid have to swallow his/her pride and check his/her ego when a “helicopter” parent, living vicariously through their kid, is willing to confront his/her “tormentor?” It’s much easier just to let mommy and daddy fight that battle for you.
Let me know how that works for you.
On a serious note, NO ONE should EVER tolerate verbally and/or physically abusive behavior from ANYONE!
Quitting is becoming an epidemic. Are you infected?
Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!