“A project is finished when I am done working on it. It doesn’t have to be complete.”
–Lauren Venell, How to Maintain Confidence in a Competitive Market
(Papercut (above) by Lauren, as well)
My first thought upon reading this way: “Thank goodness I’m not the only person who thinks this.”
I’ve quit lots of things: high school indoor drumline, grad school, a promising management position, cloth diapering, numerous business ventures…
But, I’m not a quitter. I’m steadfast and committed. I stick with things I enjoy & see the potential of. I also have the capacity to stick with things that are not pleasant but have lasting value: high school, for one.
I am – however – very content to put things to rest that require more of my time than their potential value. I have no problem with throwing away an “opportunity” that makes me uncomfortable. I have no problem with scrapping a website or a design that just isn’t working. And if something I’m working on doesn’t make a difference in someone’s life? Yeah, I quit that too.
I’m the kind of quitter that finds success in the process of quitting. I learn something each time I quit. Instead of seeing my decision as quitting a project, I see that the project – whether a craft project, a piece of music, a blog post, a business venture… – is finished. It’s finished because I’m finished with it. I find value in what I have accomplished on the project even if it was very little. It may not be completed, the initial goal may not have been met, but the project is no longer valuable, educational, or entertaining to me.
Deciding to quit – to be finished – to move on, is a liberating decision that can open you to all sorts of new creative avenues.
For this week’s We Scout Wednesday, post about a time you quit a project or situation and what you learned in quitting. To participate, post on the topic in whatever way or interpretation you like. In your post, link back to this post on Scoutie Girl (url: http://www.scoutiegirl.com/2010/06/you-are-not-a-quitter.html). Then come back here and leave the url of your post in the Mister Linky widget below. Your link will automatically be added to the list.
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