Do you sometimes find yourself stuck in a quagmire that is so complicated that you wish you can just throw everything out, press the reset button and start over? But then you might think that you’ve invested so much time and effort in whatever it is that you are pursuing that maybe it’s better to just plough through and see where it ends. But then you might think that more time would be wasted if someday down the road, you do decide to u-turn and start from the very beginning.
So between starting over and continuing, one is left thinking, how do you make the choice?
For some people, the choice is pretty much made for them. For instance, take someone who is forced to start over because they’ve lost their job suddenly and then they realize that they never liked it anyway so maybe it’s better to start over and go in a different direction. But when you have to make the choice yourself, you need to start looking at the ratio of benefits to effort of whatever it is you are doing. So if you are putting a lot of effort in terms of time, money and personal health, then discover that you are getting nothing of value in return, then maybe the better choice is to quit.
However, it is not always easy to quantify benefits and efforts related to life decisions. And as Peter Drucker said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” But I guess that is why it’s important to understand the values and priorities in life, because then it would be much easier to rate your benefits and efforts based on that.
So what is your opinion on the topic? When should a person just quit what they’re doing and start over in their life/career?