Quit, Stick or Pivot?

How does one know when to quit, stick, or pivot? Let's hear from the experts:

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
— Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most.
— Seth Godin, “The Dip” (2007)
Quitters never win and winners never quit.
— Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)
Never, never, never, never —
in nothing, great or small, large or petty —
never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense.
— Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit.
There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.
— W.C. Fields (1880-1946)
Winners quit all the time.
They just quit the right stuff at the right time.
— Seth Godin, “The Dip” (2007)
You’ve gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.
Know when to walk away, know when to run.
— Don Schlitz, “The Gambler” (1976)
The people who are the best in the world specialize at getting really good at the questions they don’t know.
— Seth Godin, “The Dip” (2007)
Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
— Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth…
that there is no end in nature,
but every end is a beginning.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Rise and rise again and again ...
until lambs have become lions
and the rule of darkness is no more.
— Maitreya The Friend of all Souls (1943-2012)
I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
— St. Paul ("The Bible", 2 Timothy 4:7)
Being able to persist is not the most important thing –
the ability to start over is.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing,
but in rising again after you fall.
— Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)

Life has endless ways of presenting its journeymen with contradictions that beg resolution, and/but gives little clues in the ways of solving them. ‘Nuff said.


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  4. Bass, Thomas (2000). The Predictors: How a Band of Maverick Physicists Used Chaos Theory to Trade Their Way to a Fortune on Wall Street. Holt.