What To Do When You Want to Give Up

There are times when work feels effortless. You know what to do, you do it, you get good results, you feel like a champ, and you keep going.

Other times, it all feels like a waste.

You work hard, and for what? You don't get the job, the recognition, or the money you were hoping for. You start to think, "Why am I even doing this? Why bother?" when you don't get what you want when you want it. That's not to say you're a brat. You simply work hard and expect results. So what can you do?

Well, you can quit.

It's a choice and it's always there for you. You the person is much more important to me than you the artist, actor, or creative business owner. If you really want to quit, shut one door and get busy finding the next one to knock on.


But most of the time, people don't truly want to quit.

Rather, they want what they want when they want it.

Hear the double-edged sword slicing through the air? It sounds like this: you have control over the process, but not the outcome.

You can control when you send the resume, but not if it's read or responded to. You can control how you prepare for the audition, but not if the producer thinks you're right for the role. You can control the quality of the ebook you write, but not if people will buy it.

So you commit to the process.

You do your job. And you get damn clear on what the best process is, and what exactly your job is.

It's your job to find out through research, training, trial and error what the best ways do things are. Write the best resume you can. Prep for the audition so you'll knock it out the park. Learn the best ways to launch an ebook. Do these things. The rest is out of your hands.

Your job is to make the phone call, make the offer, send the postcard. Tweak your process when you need to. Do your job, and chill out about the rest. Just because it's not happening on your time doesn't mean it's not happening.

Enjoy the process. Celebrate victories, even little ones. Get really good at your job, and let the rest of the world do its job.

What do you have control over? What is out of your hands?

Today, commit to doing your job the best you can. What's your commitment? Tell us in the comments.