It’s an all too common scenario when the younger generation isn’t frightened to give up the reality that doesn’t quite fit their expectations.
After all, leaving a course or leaving a job seems like the logical thing to do when you’re not happy. This happened to me. However, a psychologist who studied achievement, attributes success of sticking things out to a trait called ‘Grit.’ Grit is defined as determination and persistence for long-term goals; sticking with those goals on a daily basis, working hard to make it a reality.
Life is being able to persevere in situations that are less than ideal, on the path to success. However, when it comes to careers, most people believe that patience may well be the best policy as there is so much more to be gained by sticking at something, rather than throwing in the towel.
Although our job may not be what we want, it is where we will make some of our most valuable relationships. Working is about the experiences we notch up, the skills and lessons we learn, which we wouldn’t have if we just quit. I believe our emotional development is just as important and that could never happen, if we were to quit. We need to focus on staying and learning our trade.
This can of course apply to other things as well. In my first ever job, I was more than ready to quit. My boss was emotionally abusive and I wanted to walk out. I went through hell for 18 months. But years on I’m glad I didn’t. That said there was no question in my father’s mind that I would quit. I was expected to stick with the job until I could find another one.