I do not know how many times I’ve heard some form of a “never give up” cliché. Google returns 185M results for “reasons to never give up”, every motivational speaker has a supporting story in their arsenal, and chances are you heard it at least 10,000 times as well.
Yes, we all have seen a plenty of examples where tenacity and perseverance paid off. We know that in some cases a call to never give up may help us to get up and go on after we get knocked down. And yet, in far too many cases “don’t ever give up” is nothing much but a banal saw or even worse – a dubious guidance that leads us in a wrong direction. “Never give up” mantra can become the shackles fettering us to failures, doomed concepts, or wrong partnerships. It may keep us stuck, limit creativity, and reinforce mistakes.
Determining a course of actions based on slogans, role model’s mottos, or old proverbs is not going to get us far. We need to make a decisive action when the need is indicated, and this action could be to throw in the towel. That in particular applies to terminating a less than successful offshore partnership.
I don’t suggest that we should stop trying at a first sign of difficulty or fire our providers as soon as we some problem brewing. Nobody is perfect, it’s only fair to give your provider a second chance, and the cost of switching providers could be significant. What I am 100% clear on is that in many cases sticking to outdated decisions, keeping existing partnership, or trying to fix something hopelessly broken is not the best strategy.
More so, if you decide under the circumstances that the best step forward is to fire your freelancer, offshore vendor, or service provider you want to “give up” on them as soon as possible. In 99 cases out 100 the only regret you will have later is not doing it earlier.