It’s challenging to distinguish when to abandon something. Whether you’re dealing with a partner, money, work, or travel, there arises a point where you pass the plug of waning return. When the truthful move is to appreciate and reflect on achievements before moving on to a new endeavour, but why do we continue doing the unchanged thing? Why do we relinquish new prospects for an old routine that doesn’t provide us as much pleasure as it did in the past?
Gamblers know how difficult it is to just stop. It doesn’t matter if you’re up or down—there is a mental pull that keeps you seated until the classic result of losing all your money, no matter how well you may have been doing. In poker you go on “tilt” where your emotions override your logic and you lose everything while bitching about how some douche called the pot when he “should’ve” folded. Those who succeed at gambling will not only have to be accomplished at the game but also have the will power to get up from the table when there is little benefit in continuing.
Have you ever noticed businessmen who struggle to retire? They take their work on their so called “holidays” and even at an age where they could and probably should be living a simple life they continue the pursuit of further success, not because they need the money, but because the habit of doing so has defined them for so long and is difficult for them to just discard so easily.
The problem with humans is that we’re designed to believe that it’s never enough. We simply can’t stay satisfied with what we have. The hunger for more never seems to just merely fade away.
When is it time to say all is sufficient and ease out of pursuing something that provided so much happiness in the past? Why does it seem impossible for individuals to quit a game that has demarcated them for so long? Many individuals stay addicted long after they should’ve quit, clinging on to a former “passion” that no longer makes sense, all while overlooking the present-day. You face the risk of forgoing new pleasures that may take you way above what used to give you everything, but no longer does. The hardest thing in life is knowing when to get up from the table.