Is it better for people to stop trying when they feel certain they will not succeed?
Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
Nobody can tell us exactly when to quit and when to persist. The only person that can determine our destiny is ourselves. So following one’s own heart is the key factor in deciding when to give up and when to move on. I advise people to stop trying when they absolutely know that they will never succeed in a given field.
It is true that many people who stay strong in their principles and goals do not go unrewarded. As a matter of fact, Churchill once said, if you are going through hell, keep going. This statement s not only inspiring in itself but also is a reflection of Churchill’s life who succeeded by sticking to his own goals and principle. In fact we must keep in mind that Churchill never lost confidence in himself. In other words, he never felt that he would fail in leading his people to defeat the Nazis.
However, history is rife with people who found out that they could never excel in one field, therefore refusing to persist blindly. Condoleezza Rice, the 66th United States Secretary of State, is a perfect example. When Rice was three years old, she had a passion for music and started to attend piano classes with the goal of becoming a concert pianist. At the age of eleven, however, when she found out in a music festival that a girl could perform perfectly a tune that Rice thought very demanding, she realized that she did not have the talent to play professionally. So she decisively gave up her initial dream. Later on, she attended an international politics course in university taught by Josef Korbel, and this sparked her interest in the Soviet Union and international relations. In the following years, Rice dealt with political issues in her element, in Stanford and later in the White House. If Rice had not diverted her interest and wisely given up her initial premature goal, she would never have found her real interest in politics. So when you are certain that you can never fulfill your dream, changing your dream can be a wiser decision.
The theme that it is foolish to Stubbornly stick to one’s ‘impossible/unachievable’ goal can be seen through my personal experience. I have a natural resistance to math and I swear that I will never do things that have anything to do with calculation and numbers. So when I was applying for college, I was planning to learn Japanese. But my parents, who were both bank clerks and my grandma, who was a math teacher, told me that if I chose to study international trade and business, the career prospect would be better and I would earn more money. Despite my great aversion to math, I still followed their advice . But it turned out that I had no interest nor ability to learn calculus well and several month later, after I was sure that I would never make huge progress in calculus, I quit school decisively and found a language school to study Japanese. Learning Japanese finally ended up my bad days in college. I may not earn as much money as those who study business and economy, but I have the opportunity to live a care-free life joyfully. So when you are sure you cannot succeed in doing something, quit and find a thing that appeals to you.
The same is true when talking about relationships. My friend, Marry, told me that when her mom and Dad lived together, the whole family was unhappy because they had not been in love with each other for a long time, but Marry’s mother, being reluctant to admit failure, still wanted to try to repair/heal the relationship. However, in the end, they still ended up in devoice ,wasting much time that could be otherwise save. Marry told me that in marriage, if both parties know for sure that they will never love and care about each other like before, the most reasonable and recommendable thing to do is to say goodbye and good luck to each other. Only by doing so can they Liberate themselves and feel free again to pursue a brand new life that could bring blessings to both.
From the above discussion, I am sure that in career, in school and in marriage, blind tenacity is useless and even destructive. When we are sure that we cannot succeed in doing something, we should quit. More often than not, people who have the ability and courage to give up have greater chances to thrive and live the life they wholeheartedly desire.
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