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Can quitting ever be considered courageous? We think so, and here's why

American football coach, Vince Lombardi, once said: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." For decades, this popular aphorism has remained within the general consciousness of our generation. But is it necessarily true? Should people stick it out with something or someone in the hopes of becoming successful? 

Every person's experience is unique. There are a multitude of inspiring stories out there that feature the success of people who never gave up. Alternatively are the less glamorous but equally valid narratives of those who did give up and found success elsewhere. People's choices are governed by their own logic—if you think there are circumstances in the situation worth sticking with, then by all means, do so. Otherwise, find courage in yourself to let things go. 

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A Relationship

Quitting a relationship can be one of the most liberating yet terrifying things a person can do. It can be a marriage, a friendship, or even a relationship with a toxic family member; either way, giving up on someone can be a necessary although frightening experience. It's not easy either, especially for people who have fallen into codependent relationships that are abusive or tiring. 

What's difficult about deciding whether or not to leave a relationship is that the matter rests entirely in your hands. No person can force to leave or stay with a person. But true courage shines in realising the toxicity of a situation, and leaving it, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone or allowing yourself to feel pain for a while. 

A Passion

Generally speaking, most people prefer not to give up a passion; but if this passion is taking away time and energy from other important aspects of life, then it might be a good idea to quit. Of course, plenty of people (particularly artists) find themselves in a position where they have to choose between a passion and a more "practical" way of life. While most people eventually find success in what they pursue, there's no shame in taking a break from something unproductive, and spending more time and resources into something that suits your needs more. 

In a broader sense of the term, a passion isn't just a hobby; it can also be an addiction—and the bravery it takes to quit an addiction is tremendous. It takes commitment and perseverance, and the threat of relapsing is very real especially when the person is left on their own. Quitting an addiction, no matter what it may be, is always a courageous feat to be celebrated. 

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A Job

Is it brave to quit a job? Most definitely. While plenty must be considered before turning in your two weeks' notice, it might be a smart move to quit if your job is having a detrimental effect to your life (perhaps mentally or physically). 

With the current economic crisis however, some people might prefer to stick it out—and of course that would be the right choice. If there are other alternatives however, it might be a brave choice to pursue something new. In time of pandemic, really anything we do—sticking to an unfulfilling job to provide or taking a leap of faith and trying something new—can be considered courageous.

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