The Difference Between Letting Go and Giving Up

5 May

One of the most difficult things about a job search is how many things are out of your control. You can’t control whether or not you’ll get an interview, or a second interview, how long the hiring process may take, or when your networking contacts are available to get together. And ultimately you can’t control when someone is going to hire you, and what salary you will be offered. All of this requires a lot of patience,a willingness to surrender to the process, and an understanding that rejection is not personal.

There are days when you will feel like giving up, when it feels like the effort is futile. But the key is not to give up, but to let go. Let go of the expectations of what you thought you would be doing this year, and be open to different possibilities. Let go of the need to get an interview with a particular company or land a particular job. Let go of your fears of how long this process with take, and where you will end up. Let go. Let go of it all. Surrender.

Letting go is no the same as giving up. Giving up is a recognition that you are no longer going to do the work, and that you will no longer chase your dreams. Giving up is not the answer. Continue to pursue your dream job, or creating your own business. Do the work, keep hustling, and keep chasing your goals and dreams. But, after you have done the work, let go. Surrender control. Be open. You can only control the effort that you put in to the work. You can’t control the outcome.

Don’t give up, but do let go.

photo credit: Camdiluv ♥ via photopin cc

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2 Responses to “The Difference Between Letting Go and Giving Up”

  1. Razwana May 6, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    I adore this concept. It’s really powerful – letting go of the expectation or the desired outcome. I hear a lot of people saying things will happen when you least expect them to – and this is when you let go of what you want as the outcome.

    It’s a consistent practice though, right?

    – Razwana

    • Lisa M. May 7, 2013 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks Razwana! Yes, it is consistent and ongoing practice.

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