The End Game

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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.

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11 thoughts on “The End Game

  1. lavalamp says:

    Yes, humans are programmed to constantly seek more, nothing is ever enough, its a flaw but we live with it? Why? As bad as it is, it can also drive to succeed further, push you to do things out of your comfort zone and motivate you. Control and use this “flaw” correctly and it’s a huge asset that we all have.

  2. Mikki says:

    not everyone knows it, ppl will think its just “who they are” or something is wrong with them. its good to know how we’re composed since awareness of it might help you manage it. i’ve been guilty of falling into this trap too many times before

  3. Sammy says:

    The gambler analogy is great, but then you can also use atheletes, CEOs, anyone really to get that point accross, its true. but its just how we’re wired.

  4. curiousgal22 says:

    I think it all boils down to self-awareness. If only we take time to evaluate our values, beliefs, personal preferences and tendencies, then we will know what is our limit, when enough is enough.

  5. Rollo says:

    Everyone wants to feel good, get that emotional high and prosper off it, thas why they can’t stop what they are doing, its addictive.

  6. KC33 says:

    everyone has their own reasons for the behaviour, the end isn’t the same for all, but valid points you’ve raised there.

  7. Will says:

    sometimes its just the fun, pleasure and hedonistic urge that keeps you going, I know i’m a huge exponent of it as well but I don’t mind. It’s who I am!

  8. 2200 says:

    chasing the high forever will leave you unhappy, its a friggen paradox!

  9. arctic wolf says:

    The end game is happiness, the routes I take should lead there, its simple. Usually the journey has more meaning than what I aim to achieve at the end, its life, that’s how I live it.

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