Change. It’s a wonder to think that everything in our life that we have resulted from some form of change. Whether it’s a change in our taste of music, a change in our daily habits, or a change in the people we associate with, that change will have some type of impact on our future. This past month I have joined the hundreds of thousands of college freshman who changed their living arrangements, study habits, and change in areas of focus.
In high school I focused immensely on sports. After school I would devote two and a half hours of my day to that specific sport that season. However, I underwent a change when I graduated high school, because, despite my five year-old aspirations, I will not be a professional football/basketball/baseball player. Now it seems that every spare moment of my life (outside of FFA) is focused on my academic materials.
“Never give up.” How many times have we heard this from our role models, teachers, or coaches? At the surface this seems like a motto worth following precisely. Although, if I hadn't given up my aspirations of a professional athlete, would I be studying Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State? In Seth Godin’s book The Dip he describes the difference between quitting within “the dip” and strategically quitting to begin something new. “The dip” is a natural occurrence that happens in an effort where there is no hope of success.
The truth of the matter is that not every idea we ever have is a great idea. As kids, almost everybody goes through the “running away from home stage”. After about an hour of boredom, loneliness, and hunger, we head back home, essentially quitting that idea for the best cause. However, if one were to abandon their hope of being an Ag. Teacher after one difficult Animal Science class, “the dip” has conquered another victim. On the contrary, if that individual can’t devote the hours needed to study for the class because of their involvement in too many organizations, then strategically dropping one of the organizations would be beneficial in the long run.
Think about how you devote your time throughout your days. Is it beneficial to your overall goal? If not, do not feel reluctant about defying the old adage of never quitting. There may be that friend in our lives that is holding us back for a number of reasons. Abandoning relationships can be difficult, but if they’re not constructive towards the future, then that relationship has a weak foundation and will crumble in the future anyway. Consider the activities you partake in. What are they accomplishing? Change is challenging, but once one begins to focus their efforts more wisely, success will come. Persevere through “the dip” and quit those unconstructive areas. All of that being said, I leave you with this quote, “Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt”- Seth Godin.