“The problem with self-improvement is knowing when to quit.” – David Lee Roth
This one’s dedicated to all those who’ve come to a point and just said: “Nope. Not gonna do it!” and just walked away.
What most people tend to do (naturally, ourselves excluded!) is to keep things bubbling. Not completing an idea nor giving up on it.
It’s in that limbo that the frustration and insecurities build up. We feel like if we say no to it that it makes us worse for wear. I mean, people keep telling us “Winners never quit & quitters never win!”, right?
Of course, starting and stopping projects willy nilly when other people are involved can get pretty annoying. We like consistency.
What if the best thing we could do is to just stop and walk away?
There’s no sense in pursuing something if it’s going to cause us to put others stuff on the back burner just for the sake of torturing ourselves through something. The results of that will surely shine through. If you want there to be a sense of frustration and undease then go for it! It’s all about what’s best for your output.
I watched a streamer called “Admiral Bahroo” who as a celebration of getting 100.000 subscribers on Twitch.tv decided to stream for 27,7 hours (100.000 seconds). Now, I’ve been up for 35 hours straight at times and, yeah, that’s not a thing I’d recommend anyone to try.
He completed that stream at the 29 hour mark. Now, once would’ve be fine, but the very next day he’d also arranged for another marathon stream with 3 other streamers which would probably end up being 30 hours long.
I was impressed at the level of insanity shown and went to sleep after he’d been streaming for 7 hours. When I woke up I had to check in. The dude was a mess.
I was more than a little concerned because I know what one of those sessions does to the body and mind. At hour 20 you really start feeling you’ve done something stupid. Around hour 22-25 your body eases up a little and you get a second wind.
That can get you through to hour 28-30 if you’re “lucky”. Then you start to really crap out and if you add any “uppers” to the mix, the crash will be hard. Really hard.
Fortunately at hour 18 he listened to the signals his body was giving and decided to give in. If there was any good time to quit, this would’ve been it!
The mindset to go after goals that people deem to be “crazy” is fine. The art lies in knowing which ones are worthwhile and which ones ultimately will lead to nothing good coming out of it.
Now, some people will criticize you for failing, but you decide if that’s true or not. Sometimes you need to step away just to keep your sanity.
Failure is an event, not a person.
I’ll leave you with some quotes by David Lee Roth!
“He who knows how will always work for he who knows why.”
“It’s always irritated me that people say, ‘Where’s the action? Oh wow, there’s no action here; let’s go somewhere else.’ These people will never find the action.”
“People ask me how far I’ve come. And I tell them twelve feet: from the audience to the stage.”