A couple of decades ago, I took an entry level math class at our local college. I was considering going to college and obtaining a degree. I started with math because if I could pass math, the rest would be super easy. For whatever reason, math, numbers, equations, etc., just don't register in my brain.
I spent hours on homework. My husband tried to help. The class instruction tried to help. But even though I could see their mouths moving, I just couldn't comprehend what they were saying. It was like a foreign language. In frustration, my instructor told me, "Sue, you keep pounding your head on the brick wall when a doorway is just a few inches away. I don't understand why you can't see it!"
Other people could see the "doorway" but for whatever reason, I couldn't. Desire, discipline, and tutoring didn't help.
I had a choice. I could continue beating myself up over something I just didn't have a ability to do or I could find a different path. That's what made me think of my blog title...
If I had a nickel for each time someone told me "winners never quit" and "quitters never win", I'd be a billionaire. But I've also learned that as much as we each have strengths, talents, and skills, we also weaknesses, inabilities, and shortcomings. We can't do everything and more importantly, we can't do everything well.
There comes a time when we need to "quit while we're ahead".
I quit college classes after the math fiasco because I realized that math would hold me back from a degree. Instead, I embraced becoming an entrepreneur. It's been a wonderful, and profitable, choice for me. The things I don't do well can easily be outsourced which allows me to concentrate my time, energy, and efforts on doing those things I do really well.
If you are banging your head against a wall and just can't figure out where the doorway is, maybe it's time to "quit while you're ahead". Winners know when to say "when" and move on. There is no shame in trying something and realizing it's not for you! Listen to your heart and intuition because sometimes your "head" will lie.
You are more than you think. You have more to offer than you may realize. Be open to new ideas, opportunities, and ways to accomplish your goals. Make the difference - the world needs you.