How many of you, if you were the driver of the car on the left, would drive on, accelerating harder? Or would you stop and turn around?

I think a lot of you would agree that the latter is the better choice. Once in a while, if you push hard enough and go fast enough, you’ll probably be able to break through the wall, but you’ll still come out with a dented car. Stopping and turning around would be a better idea.

We accept this very willingly when it comes to situations like this. When we’re lost, or if we hit a dead end when driving, we stop, and turn around. We don’t try to go further in the same direction.

Yet we do that when it comes to life. When we hit a brick wall in what we’re attempting to do, we often want to try harder/work harder. Sometimes, in the right conditions, opportunities come and you can get through it. But there are times when you need to stop what you’re doing and turn around.

Trying harder and putting in more effort isn’t always the way to get out of a dead end. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just quit what you’re doing and try something else.

What about you? What do you do when you hit a problem/dead end?