Give Up Sometimes

The expression “Never, never give up” means to keep trying and never stop working for your goals. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.


Many people believe in the saying that we should never give up casually, which tells them to work incessantly for their goals. Admittedly, this spirit-lifting saying has given countless people a pat on the back, inspired them to strive for their long-held dreams and acquire prosperity in the end. But generally speaking, I suppose we don’t have to shy away from giving up. Sometimes we need to put aside our persistence and accept the abnegation.

First of all, the initial orientation matters. We can’t guarantee that the first step we take is towards the right direction, which means we can be heading the wrong without perceiving it. If so, it would be better to just turn around than to press on. There’s no need to sacrifice your success for simply senseless insistence. One example of this is an ancient idiom from China, narrating a man who intended to go south steered his carriage to the north regardless of the prompting from a passer-by. He had not realized the sheer meaninglessness of his action. Of course, he has not arrived his destination yet. Had he listened to others’ advice and turned back, he would have reached it.

Besides, we should pay heed to the progress. Not only are we likely to move forward to where we do not expect at the beginning, but also during the process, and thus adjusting ourselves dynamically should be attached significance to. In addition, even though we know clearly what we are doing and why we are doing it, we may lack the capacity to do it well, and the progress can fall short of our expectation. When we’re patently unsuitable for tackling certain type of things, insisting may not be the optimal option. Some classmates in my high school will be rather representative instances. As soon as they entered the school, each of them picked an Olympiad in a certain subject. Yet before long, they found themselves not very good at competition, thereby opting out, focusing on regular curriculum. It turned out ultimately that they obtained fairly high scores in the college entrance examination. We can derive from it the fact that giving up does not necessarily mean losing, but somehow means wining.

What’s more, the outcome may be perplexing. When it come out, it’s time to judge whether it is right or not. We can scarcely ensure that the result will always fulfil our anticipation, so when we receive an unexpected result which is against the basic facts, probably it should not be calculated in statistics. At this time, alleging that the result has no problem seems a bit stubborn. On the other hand, if the result does not correspond with what we used to deem it should be, the chances are what deceives you is not the result, but the acknowledgement. If we look back upon history of science and technology, there are innumerable examples, such as Galileo who doubted the previous law of free fall, Bohr who suspected the previous nuclear model, etc. All of these indicate that even the most seeming truth has the possibility to be broken someday. The interesting thing is that, the result and the truth were dropped alternately, which set the pace for the development of human civilization. We wouldn’t have today’s advancement if there were no giving up in the world.

The old saying “Never, never give up” will continue to exert its positive attitude and lift people up. However, I take the viewpoint that people sometimes need to give up what they think, have or believe. This is not persuading you to give up everything in your life, but encouraging you to give up in a more sensible way, in which you will better encounter what you love, accomplish what you dream, and make what you desire to be.

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