Personal Development

Thinking about giving up on your career?


You might be thinking, why is this here? The answer is because giving up could be an option that your mind or others will suggest to you. Sometimes giving up on a career is the wrong decision. Sometimes it is not.

Be very careful when you read what follows. This is because your mind may be looking for the answers that it wants, rather than what is in your best interests. We all have biases, experiences and beliefs that affect our thinking and judgment. The human mind is incredibly simple in some ways and extremely complex in others.

Giving up refers to a decision to cease efforts, often driven by a sense of hopelessness, exhaustion, frustration, or the belief that further attempts will not mean success. Giving up can manifest in various aspects of life, such as personal relationships, academic endeavours, career pursuits, or creative projects.

The reasons for giving up can vary.

It might be due to external challenges, internal struggles, lack of resources, or our assessment of priorities. It’s essential to recognise that giving up is a subjective decision, and what may be perceived as giving up in one context might be a strategic good choice in another.

While persistence and resilience are often valued traits, there are situations where giving up might be a rational good decision. It’s crucial to consider factors such as mental and physical well-being, the feasibility of achieving the goal, and the alignment of the pursuit with one’s values and long-term objectives.

However, it’s also important to distinguish between imposed strategic changes in direction and giving up out of fear, frustration or anger.

Making informed decisions and seeking support when needed can help us navigate the complexities of pursuing goals, facing and overcoming challenges.


Are you thinking about timing?

Sometimes, giving up on a particular path can open the door to new opportunities or allow individuals to redirect their efforts toward more meaningful or achievable goals. Sometimes people give up too late and sometimes too soon.

How frustrated are you?

Frustration and belief can play contrasting roles in our lives, but both emotions have the potential to contribute to personal growth and significant progress when managed appropriately.

Can you put frustration behind you?

Frustration often arises when there is a perceived obstacle or challenge. This feeling can serve as a powerful motivator to initiate change, find solutions, and overcome difficulties. Frustration can be a signal that something is not working as expected. It encourages individuals to reassess their strategies, learn from mistakes, and explore alternative approaches.

Have you considered the benefits of overcoming this phase?

Managing and coping with frustration builds emotional resilience. It helps individuals develop patience, perseverance, and the ability to navigate setbacks without becoming discouraged.

What is the problem you want to solve?

The discomfort of frustration can stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving. It pushes individuals to think critically, consider different perspectives, and come up with innovative solutions.

What do you want?

Avoid making decisions without clarity. Unless you are a gambler. Reach out for help.

The power of belief

Motivation and Persistence:

Believing in oneself and one’s abilities is a powerful motivator. It provides the confidence and determination needed to persevere through challenges and setbacks.

Positive Mindset:

A positive belief system can shape a positive mindset, influencing how individuals approach difficulties. Optimism and a belief in one’s capacity to improve can enhance overall well-being.

Resilience to Setbacks:

Believing in the possibility of success, even in the face of failure, fosters resilience. It allows individuals to bounce back from disappointments and setbacks with a sense of hope and determination.

Enhanced Performance:

Confidence and self-belief positively impact performance. When individuals believe they can succeed, they are more likely to put in the effort needed to achieve their goals.


Are you allowing your mind to block you from seeing the path forward?

Experiencing enough frustration can create a tipping point, a powerful catalyst for change. When we believe in what we are doing we tend to be more committed and motivated to succeed.

Is self-reflection a strength you have developed?

Combining frustration and belief involves self-reflection. Understand the source of frustration, assess your beliefs about your capabilities, and consider how these beliefs may influence your approach to challenges.

Are you really aware of the power of mindfulness?

Cultivate mindfulness to manage frustration and foster positive beliefs. Mindfulness practices can help you stay present, acknowledge frustrations without becoming overwhelmed, and maintain a constructive outlook.

How clear are your goals?

Set realistic and achievable goals, considering both the challenges that may cause frustration and the beliefs that will drive you toward success. Sometimes a temporary goal adjustment to create a sense of winning can relight the fire of belief.

Are you able to seek support?

Share your frustrations and beliefs with supportive individuals who can provide encouragement, guidance, and a different perspective. Do not fight your battles alone.

What is really hurting you?

Comparing what you are going through with the worst things that can happen may give you a greater sense of perspective. Remember, its OK to feel how you feel. You are not a machine. Put emotions where they can push you forward.

“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth”

The quote “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth” is often attributed to Shirley Chisholm. Shirley Chisholm (1924–2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. She made history as the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States. This quote reflects her commitment to the idea of serving others as a fundamental responsibility of being part of a community or society.` It was selected by someone who is British and willing to gain wisdom from everywhere.

Always remember:

You are extremely valuable.

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