This activity focuses on the perceptions that surround the idea of “quitting.” Students will reflect on their thoughts on quitting, what motivates a person to quit, and the positive and negative aspects of quitting. From these discussions, your students should be able to recognize that sometimes quitting simply means they are letting go of one thing in order to devote their energy to something else; to change direction.
Begin by opening up the class with these discussion prompt:
What comes to mind when you think about the word ‘quitting’?
When it comes to quitting, what are some common things you have always been told?
Most students will likely respond by stating quitting is a bad thing and insinuates giving up. Explain to the class that quitting shouldn’t always be looked at through a negative lens. Sometimes letting go of something provides time and space for something better. Sometimes persevering is the right choice. It all depends on the situation.
Summarize and read the following stories to your class. The first story demonstrates how J. K. Rowling found success through perseverance and refusing to give up on her dream to publish her book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. For a brief summary of her experience, refer to this article here. If you want to expand on this story for your students, refer to this article here for a more detailed biography on her life and struggles.
The second example briefly details how a person is able to find success in something else because they have freed up the time and energy by letting go of what they were currently doing. Referencing Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s story, students can see how he transitioned careers not once, but twice, and found success in other fields by quitting or ‘letting go’ of what he was doing at the time in order to pursue something else. You can find this example and others in this article here. Feel free to choose the stories and figures that will fit the interests of your class. For more information on the positive aspects of quitting, refer to this article here.
In summary, the decision whether to persevere or to let go should reflect the individual and their situation. A person has to do what feels right for them and what they feel will take them in the direction they want to go. For both choices, the reward can be just as sweet.