When the going got tough, he wanted to quit. So here’s the real life analogy… this annoying guy was at a crossroads and had the perfect opportunity, because he knew exactly why people didn’t like him (they had told him), to change his attitude and change his gamesmanship. He could have given himself a pep talk and chosen to behave differently, becoming more self-less, more open to others, and less difficult. He could have tried to fit in with his tribe, adjusted his attitude and given his all to stay in the game. He could have given it his best shot, and if he got voted out, so be it.
Instead, he was emotional and reacted to his feelings. He quit.
I think of times when I have quit. There have been times I have felt hurt, taken advantage of, misunderstood and maltreated. When the going got tough, I got going. “I don’t deserve to be treated this way” and similar thoughts are easily fussed over and perpetuated. But the older I get the more I see that that the going gets tough no matter where I’m going. Life produces difficult times and it is in those times we can adjust our attitudes, get strong and work hard: fight to stay in the game.
For fans of Survivor I dare say that those who quit truly disappoint us because it shows real weakness on the part of the contestant. I would have admired Colton if he stayed in the game and used the negative feedback from his tribe to do something different, give it a good try. I like the lesson in this — when ready to give up, feed into emotion and quit, why not look for a different way to be? What is there to lose?