You have never been one to give up, but the pressure you carry is no small weight and the urge to surrender is now too irresistible. But what if you are in a situation where surrendering the war would end up destroying you completely. Like for example the enemy wants to wipe you off the face of the planet, I suppose that would be a hard pill to swallow but I suppose continually fighting an insurmountable enemy is a harder pill indeed.
Let us use me as a example and lets say I play out this problem like a fantasy reality where I am commander of an army on the battlefields of Bogny. In this reality I am reliving a conversation with my entrepreneurial side, he is my adjutant commander in the war we are fighting valiantly in, but getting our butts whooped by the enemy…
“The way I see it, It is actually better to give up this fight, run away, advance backward as they say.”
My adjutant stares at me flabbergasted…”Wait did I just hear that right, but what about the war, are we sacrificing everything we have done up till now, commander did you not say yourself that to surrender is to lose our own humanity, dreams and hope, are you willing to throw that away because the going is tough?”
“What, no that’s not what I said….or meant, I did use advance backwards mind you. No we should retreat and fight another day, cause if we fight this particular battle with the current disadvantages we have we will be wasting our energies”
I straighten up and raise my chin prominently “We need to regroup, look at this challenge from a new perspective and then strike back, we are giving them the battle, but never the war, we’ll give that up when we’re dead!”
I apologize if that last part was too potent for you but the point is really this, giving up might not be such a bad idea. What tends to happen is that you would leave the project or battlefield, you take a while to analyze what you were doing exactly the last time you tackled the project and why things have not been working in your favor that time.
You will probably realize a number of reasons behind your debilitating performance last time, and reason how to solve it with small little solutions aimed at long term improvement or maybe a new tactic that might cut through the more difficult clutter of the problem and save you the effort immensely.
Giving up the war is not an option ever and giving up even one of the many battles you face should be weighed carefully. Regardless sometimes you may need to run away, rest and allow yourself time to think more clearly on how you will win that next fight.
We might eventually conquer it by finding a road that leads behind the hills to Bogny, all we have to do now is run our troops through there…
It might come to be that we may never conquer it, even if we win the war ages later. Determination is great and all, but you must be smart and know when to back away and look at the problem differently. Whether you predict an advantage later or not it does not matter. If the old way is not working do not stand there and die, run away and consider a new perspective come back fresh and kill everything.
David Shaw is a certified nerd and scum of the earth. Jamaican by birth, he enjoys long walks and the simple things in life. He is also an entrepreneur, writer and graphic designer. You can follow his mundane madness on twitter @davidcs_aw