John Anealio is a musician and geek. I first came across his name while listening to Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing podcast, as he had written the excellent title song. He writes some good, funny and truly geeky stuff and you should check it out at his website. I was doing a bit of research on Mr Anealio for a “Geek Sessions” music post when I came across this awesome youtube video from the man himself.
As someone who has about a thousand ideas a day, and sometimes struggles to complete projects because something new and shiny pokes its head into sight, this bit of advice is really good. I think there is something there for all of us, whatever our particular goal or passion.
What do you think?
Today I am linking up with Jess and I Blog On Tuesdays.
I enjoyed the u tube. It is so easy to give up on a project instead of making it to the second cord. I noticed this alot in my classroom last year. Students seemed to think it was acceptable to just say I don’t get it and give up. Boring and repetative work leads to success and inturn complete satisfaction – I wish I had a dollar for everytime I said that to a class of studnets last year.
Totally agree. I’m also a teacher and see the same thing all the time. Student’s sometimes just don’t see the advantage of the boring practice.
Good advice and worth remembering
Sometimes projects are a work in progress and continuous evolving and changing. This is okay too. But then again I want to instil a value of ‘finishing what you started’ value with my children too.
As someone with far too many projects on the go, this is the kind of thing I need to be reminded of every now and then.
Grr…. darn you for sharing something that I needed to hear! Darn you!
I am always so full of ideas and start with great momentum, but then… then… I get a new idea, and the first thing is not so shiny and new anymore… so I don’t finish it….
Sigh… I really needed this today. Really.
B from #teamIBOT
Always happy to help. 🙂
Definitely wise words!
Very good advice. I don’t usual have trouble finishing things; once I start I’m all gung ho until it’s done. Starting is usually my struggle 🙂
It depends on what I start. I am easily distracted, so “long term” projects suffer. Things that can be started, completed and “put to bed” in a relatively short time frame are usually okay.
I’ve always taught my children not to give up. Take a break and reassess perhaps. You can always try again later. Usually they succeed then. 🙂
Interesting, I have great ideas but usually battle to find enough motivation to do it, and then if I do then I’ll blame a lack of time, something for me to work on !! Emily @ Have a laugh on me
That is indeed a very good advice. When the novelty pass, I find it hard to stick with my project but this is indeed what I should do because I feel so satisfied when the project come to an end and I actually did finish it..
Great advice. When the novelty of a project pass, I have difficulties to stick with it. But, I should remember more often that I feel so satisfied when I actually do complete a project.
Thanks so much for sharing! Glad to hear that you got something out of it.
No worries, John! Thank you for making the video in the first place! I love your work, and good luck with 23 in ’13.