Why just start stuff (great!) when you can finish it? (AWESOME)

TheQuiltI come from a family of entrepreneurs, so I’m wired to start stuff. Ironically, when I have something big on my plate — especially if I’m passionate about it — I’m also driven to finish it.

Starters aren’t usually lumped in with finishers. There’s a reason for that. We love variety and hate routine. We look for the zig when everyone else is looking for zag.

We absolutely need the dynamic of seeing things develop, watching them evolve.

An old boss used to tease me about being a terrible finisher. That was years before I’d led a project to stand up a big, enterprise-wide system that’s now part of business as usual for a large global nonprofit.

Did I love all the details and meetings? Not so much. But the end product motivated me so much, it was worth slogging through it all (with a lot of help from my friends and coworkers, of course).

My quilt wasn’t anywhere near a big project vocationally, but personally it was huge. By the way, it’s officially finished now. (Full reveal soon.)

But not 15 minutes had passed before I wanted to start another one.

It reminds me how completing something significant spawns the need to do it all over again — warts and all.

My quilt is far from perfect, but learning to make it ranks high on my Things That Make Me Really Happy list. More importantly, my friend’s son, the recipient, can know it was made with so much love.

And the next two quilt projects — they’re already lined up!

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4 thoughts on “Why just start stuff (great!) when you can finish it? (AWESOME)

  1. Thanks, Steve. Truth be told, when my friend’s baby was born two years ago, I’d just discovered modern quilting, and like a silly person, I promised her then I’d make the baby a quilt. Two sewing machines and a whole lot of freelance work later, it’s done — in time for birthday #2 on Cinco de Mayo. 🙂 But I decided I won’t be intimidated by the part that keep people from finishing quilts – the actual quilting part and the binding. I actually really enjoyed them both. Thanks for reading. Hope you’re well!

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