I wonder what would happen if all the projects that were ever started up at some point were gathered in one place and separated into finished and unfinished piles. Would we be surprised at the little work that actually gets done? Would we suddenly realize that humanity has trouble finishing things we’ve started? Or am I just pointing out the obvious.
Last night I had the best idea for an iPhone application. I started brain storming about what the core functions were, wrote them down and even constructed a simple flow chart with most of the possible screens that a user would need to encounter ( login, main page, settings, etc ). I finally got onto my mac and decided that the first thing I would do is attempt to run the template new project on my iPhone. after about 1 hou
r of forums and confusion about where things were on a mac (I’ve used PCs for most of my life), I resigned to my bedroom unsuccessful and feeling quite discouraged.
It got me thinking about all the things that I pick up and put down, never to pick up again; All the ambitions that were tossed aside because a newer ambition looked more attractive. I thought about what would have happened if I’d just decided to stick with the first ever ambition I’d ever had and see it through till the current day. Maybe I’d be a concert pianist or modern-day Gilbert and Sullivan (had to do a quick Google search to check that’s how they were spelt :P).
I don’t think I’m alone in this thought. I’d argue humanity as a whole – maybe particularly men – struggle with the practice of committing to something till its completion. We are so easily enticed by the idea of something new, Something fresh whose problems and obstacles are not yet apparent to us and yet it draws us in with its promises of excitement or success or more importantly satisfaction with its completion. But then we discover that the rabbit hole goes deeper than we thought, we get scared of the unknown and fear to venture further into the discovery of how this exciting new world works. We start comparing ourselves with those who have accomplished things in this realm and get discouraged, so we move on.
I want to be the kind of person that does not crumble to fear of the unknown, runs at the sight of new problems and obstacles or looses interest simply because something becomes seemingly more accessible and exciting. I want to create new projects and finish those projects, otherwise I may be in danger of finishing life with 1000’s of unfinished Endeavors. if life gave me one task and I finished it completely, then I’d be better off than the one who began everything but amounted to nothing because he was chasing the wild goose of fulfillment where it was never meant to be found.
Think about that thing you started the other day and consider finishing it… It will feel good. beat the status-quo. It feels good to finish this blog post that I haven’t written in for months. 🙂