“NEVER QUIT!” In SPORTS: Good Advice. In STARTUPS: Ruining Lives!

“NEVER QUIT!” = MINUTES for ATHLETES! But for Founders?! “NEVER” is YEARS or… F***ING FOREVER!!!

NEVER QUIT / NEVER GIVE UP…

  • Encouraging Athletes to Continue Max Effort
    for the remaining
  • Seconds? Minutes? Hours?
  • So, “NEVER” = a very SHORT, FINITE amount of TIME
  • Opportunity Cost of NEVER = ~NOTHING!
    [PLUS, in most cases they’re REQUIRED to be there anyway — so they can’t leave to do something else instead of playing the 9th inning or 4th quarter!]
  • So, OF COURSE, Athletes should NEVER quit or give up!
  • Encouraging Founders to Continue Max Effort
    for the remaining…
  • …Years? Decades? Lifetime?
  • So, “NEVER” = an INFINITELY LONG amount of TIME!
  • Opportunity Cost of “NEVER” = ~EVERYTHING!
  • So, “Never Quit / Never Give Up” Dangerous / Detrimental / Destructive / DUMB ADVICE for Founders!

[Editor’s Note: Better advice would be:
“Know WHEN to… [accept defeat? cut your losses? walk away & live to fight another day?]
OR, if you don’t want to listen to us, listen to Kenny Rogers & The Gambler:

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em…
Know when to fold ‘em…
Know when to walk away…
And know when to run.”


No, wait. Actually, that’s not strong enough — because Apples and Oranges are at least relatively similar (size, shape, both fruits, etc.).
Correction:

“NEVER QUIT” / “NEVER GIVE UP”

(apples)

Losing a game? match? race? series?

“NEVER Give Up!” refers to — the final seconds? the final minutes? the final hour? (At MOST we’re probably talking about a few days — in a playoff series)… So there is practically NO RISK in “never” giving up in sports!

Therefore: GREAT MOTIVATIONAL ADVICE!

vs.

“NEVER QUIT” / “NEVER GIVE UP”

(orangutans)

Continuing to Spend All Your Energy, All Your Time, All Your Money… The opportunity cost of “NEVER Give Up” is… is…F***ING EVERYTHING!!!

[And indiscriminately taking motivational advice from one environment (where “never” = minutes) and applying it to a monumentally different environment (where “never” = years, decades, or lifetimes!) is not only foolish, but it is irresponsible, dangerous, and contributing to a startup culture / entrepreneurial mindset that is destroying entrepreneurs’ lives — in some cases, literally!]

“YEAH, BUT… [insert 1-in-a-million success story here] risked it all and eventually became a huge success after years of hardship… So if they can do it, why can’t I?”

Our friend REALISTIC RICK
(from RealisticRick.com)
has a RESPONSE TO THAT:

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