The common sentiment that a strong person should “never give up, never surrender” quickly falls apart when subjected to some critical thinking.
For example, any experienced poker player will tell you that knowing “when to fold ‘em” is one of the most important parts of the game. A player who never folds (gives up) will quickly lose all their money.
The issue is opportunity cost. We all have limited time, money, and energy. When you’re young, with few responsibilities, you might *feel* like you have unlimited time and energy, but it’s not true. Time you spend doing one thing is less time you have for other things. Money you invest in one project is less money you have to invest in other projects.