Never Give Up.
How many times can you count hearing those three words, or a similar cliché phrase?
Society looks down upon people that give up on something that they set out to do. Giving up is considered a disturbing, frightening, plague-like action that does not have a cure. However, sometimes it leads to greater possibilities and an overall happier life. Giving up something that is uninteresting or useless is perhaps the best decision one can ever make.
Unlike popular ideas of multitasking, humans are only able to focus on one thing at a time. Human attention only task-switches between different tasks, but we are not able to focus on more than one task at the same time. Need proof?
If you need more proof, I would recommend watching National Geographic’s show Brain Games.
Back to the main point. If someone has less objectives or things they have to do (or less tasks for them to switch through), they will be able to focus more on what is important to them. The mentality that giving up on something is always negative should be given up. The sooner someone quits on something they dislike doing, the closer they are to happiness. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi argues that happiness is a result of a high level of skill and a high level of challenge in a topic that is fascinating to a person, an idea known as “Flow” (I believe I mentioned it in an earlier blog post). The sooner someone concentrates on what they enjoy, the more happy and successful they will be in life. Giving up can be good.