As I was growing up, in Japan, I have always been told “Never, never give up!” If you are familiar with Japanese culture, you know it’s a very Japanese sentiment. We say “Ganbare (Persevere)” all the time, in many different situations. It’s a quite useful phrase, actually.
When something isn’t working, I’d try to fix it somehow. First, I’d assess what exactly is wrong, and then see if I can fix it. If I can fix it, great. But what do you do if you just can’t? Do you just throw it out, ask others to help, or ???
When I’m going through a tough time, I just feel like giving up. I’m pretty strong-minded, and combined with my Japanese upbringing, “giving up” doesn’t come naturally to me.
But I’m starting to wonder maybe this is the sign that I should give in and surrender…
There is something I really wanted, but now it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Do I keep going until the last minute, or should I raise my white flag and say, “Sorry, I can’t do it”?
How do I know when to surrender and when to persevere?