Do You Finish What You Start?

Do you finish what you start? For many people starting something is the easy part. The difficult bit is to finish. You only have to look at all those unfinished DIY projects around the home, for example decorating jobs where the gloss has not yet been applied.

In business we may often get an idea or learn something new and then start doing it only to stop before finishing. The problem with this start and early stop method is we will never know if something will work if we keep stopping early.

Take Twitter as an example

Many people start using Twitter and after a few weeks decide that it is not working and so stop. For other people that have embraced Twitter and keep going they have found that persistence pays and the secret is time. It takes time to build a rapport with followers and indeed find good followers. A great many people are now getting good business from using Twitter and had they stopped using it this would have been lost.

This example is just one of many where the start and stoppers of this world lose out. Make sure that you see something through to a finish or until long enough has passed to know that you should finish it. If something fails it will give you valuable experience and you will always be able to learn something from trying.

Do you finish what you start?

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Roland Millward
The Entrepreneur Club

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3 thoughts on “Do You Finish What You Start?

  1. It is very tricky and an easy trap to fall into. I try a fair few things but some I’d rather not spend too much time on if I don’t have a good gut feel. That said I was resistant to Twitter at first due to a lack of understanding! That soon changed.

  2. That said, when what you’re doing is to some degree uncharted, then sometimes you have to make that choice. I know people who have been knocking away at the same old thing for aeons, and they aren’t getting anywhere: neither are they going to get anywhere because the goal they are chasing is moving faster than they are.

    There is no substitute for hard work: this much is true. Hard work and persistence are, of course, of vital importance. However, the keystone is knowledge. Work hard, by all means – but work smart also.

    After all, what is the use of running if you are not on the right road?

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