Determination “Rocks” – Giving Up Doesn’t

As I said last time, sometimes quitting is the right thing to do. But don’t make it your first choice. Instead, view it as your “court of last resort.” Giving up/giving in prematurely can be as costly to your career success as not calling it quits soon enough.
As Kenny Rogers said in his song about a gambler, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em. Know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away. And know when to run.”

Determination Can Transform Your Job or Career

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If you give up too soon, you can miss out on an opportunity to transform your current job situation or future career prospects–sometimes almost beyond your greatest hope. Of course, you might not even realize you had missed the boat on that, but you could find out later–and spend years regretting it.

Out of hundreds of quotations I found on this subject, here’s one that really spoke to me:

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” (Harriet Beecher Stowe)

Mind you, the advice to keep trying presupposes that you’re making intelligent, carefully thought-out decisions and then backing them with persistent effort. Flailing around wildly in all directions doesn’t produce the same outcome.

In trying to decide whether to keep going or quit, ask yourself questions that can help you get to the root of the issue. Along with those mentioned in my previous post (Love It or Leave It…), here are some key questions for you:

  • Can I actually keep going–physically, mentally and/or financially? In other words, do I have the means to persist indefinitely, if that’s what it takes?
  • Am I being confused by conflicting advice from well-wishers or from those who might benefit by discouraging me? If so, how can I gain the clarity I need in order to make the best decision?
  • Do I believe so strongly in what I’m trying to do that I’m willing to risk failure by persisting?Nothing Can Stop You - Man On Arrow

Career Success Comes When You’re “Unstoppable”

Although no single person can guarantee you ultimate success in your job search or career management/planning, the determination that moves you forward in the short term can propel you to new professional growth over time. It’s all too easy, though, to see obstacles as impenetrable or insurmountable.

It often helps if you pause in your efforts long enough to look carefully (and thoroughly) at what’s blocking you in the path toward your goal. Can you see a way to break it down into manageable chunks or identify alternatives to go around it? Any realistic choice that helps you maintain good momentum can be beneficial. On the other hand, if you have to make decisions in a way that seriously affects other people , do you have the right to proceed, even if you believe you can?

All else being equal, it’s a question of your determination (persistence) and how that enables you to “rock” your job search or career plan. It’s fine to have help, but no one else can give you that power. That’s up to you.

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