Lately I’ve been wanting to give up. I was trying to think about why I shouldn’t, so here are some reasons I came up with.
- Everything looks like failure in the middle. Think about how gross cookie dough is. Wait. Okay that’s not a great example, but you get what I mean.
- Remember all the other times you tried to do the smart thing and how that worked out for you?
- Sooner or later you’re going to die.
- Because if you don’t try then you’ll never know.
- It’s about to start working.
- Giving up is the only way to really fail. Also, what will your parents think? And your friends? And old lovers that you want to prove yourself to?
I was listening to Seth Godin’s podcast Start-Up School, and he talks about how in our culture there’s a bunch of excitement at the beginning of projects. For example, people tell you congratulations when you say you’re moving to Chicago to do improv.
But the truth is that this is just the start of the journey of 10 years. So there’s a bunch of encouragement up front and no enthusiasm for the actual journey. Psychologically speaking this can be difficult.
This is why starting projects in the dark without telling anyone is the best way to go. Then, after working on them for years, you can emerge into the light and receive fanfare, or not. At that point, you won’t need any. Being finished is enough.
But the real point is, don’t give up! Even if it makes more sense to, don’t do it! Don’t even think twice. Just don’t give up!