How many times have you started from scratch? Only once, at the start of your career? Or perhaps you’re one of those types who keep starting things, but lose the initial flame soon after?
Perseverance. Discipline. They are important. Society drills this into us from a very early age. But isn’t there a place for starting afresh which carries an irreplaceable enthusiasm that only newfound passion provides? We tend to forget our initial reasons and the excitement they gave.
Being a beginner has many advantages:
1. Openness to learning
2. Willingness to experiment
3. Passion. Drive. Enthusiasm. Optimism.
4. Fresh perspective
5. Proneness to hard work
6. Pleasure in doing, rather than enduring
7. Happiness from small successes
Being a professional translator, a few years ago I was responsible for checking other people’s work. Often, I would stumble upon such a bad performance that it was easier to rewrite it altogether rather than to correct it. In other words, start from scratch.
As much as it is recommended to keep pushing toward your goals, sometimes it’s wiser to just let go. To know when it’s not working out. Begin anew. Change perspective. Be brave by knowing when to draw the line. You may be nicely surprised.
What do you think? Should you always be stoic with the projects you’re working on or is it sometimes better to quit and restart?