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

NEVER QUIT / NEVER GIVE UP…

IN SPORTS:

  • 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!

IN STARTUPS:

  • 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.”


It’s like comparing Apples and Oranges…

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

*It’s like comparing Apples and **ORANGUTANS!**

“NEVER QUIT” / “NEVER GIVE UP”

IN SPORTS / FOR ATHLETES:

(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”

IN REAL LIFE?? / FOR ENTREPRENEURS??

(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:

P.S.

Yes, Optimistic is better than Pessimistic…

**But What About REALISTIC?!?

Yes, Positive is better than Negative.

**But What About OBJECTIVE?!?

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