Not even as a joke.
We humans are capricious creatures. We experiment with new things, and give them up quickly. It’s not because we don’t believe we can create amazing art – it’s because we don’t want to put in the effort.
A friend’s dissuasion can mean a lot, even if it’s a joke in passing. Don’t be that “friend” – be someone that everyone wants to share with. Pushing through challenges leads to success, but discouragement is different than a challenge. Discouragement feeds the voice that says “stop”.
“You should probably give up while you’re ahead” carries so many meanings. It means that you won’t get better. It means that you should quit now. The recipient of this “advice” has two options – quit, or ignore you. Do you want to be a friend who tells people to quit? Do you want to be a friend who gets ignored?
I didn’t think so. Encourage yourself, and encourage others, without jokes.