ABANDON SHIP? (0:41)  Big projects begin with a mix of anticipation, excitement and confidence. Then things start to get more challenging and less fun. Then, over time (months, years) things get real hard, the money leaks through every crack, you lose faith, and the project becomes a stressful quagmire for you and those in your inner circle. Then people start to say things like, “why are you doing this to yourself?” What really sets successful artists & entrepreneurs apart is their foresight to recognize when the ship is sinking, and their courage to make intelligent decisions (so they can move on and get excited about the next project). However too many “personal” factors get in the way of smart choices: — The righteous voice in your head is programmed to say, “Never Give Up.”— You’re embarrassed to tell others that the project failed.— The fear of bailing out trumps the stress of staying in.— You need to prove something to yourself.— You’re afraid to make a big change.— You dwell in denial.I’ve said this before: It’s ok to let things fall apart. Let things go south. Let the whole project "breakdown" and collapse if necessary. Truth is, breakthroughs are usually preceded by breakdowns, and if we squirm to avoid the breakdowns, we actually deprive ourselves of the real grit from which breakthroughs arise. I know it’s not an easy choice to let the boat sink. However, all things considered, it just may be the wisest.“The most talented captain can't save a ship with a hole in it.” —Bob Lefsetz
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ABANDON SHIP? (0:41)

 Big projects begin with a mix of anticipation, excitement and confidence. Then things start to get more challenging and less fun. Then, over time (months, years) things get real hard, the money leaks through every crack, you lose faith, and the project becomes a stressful quagmire for you and those in your inner circle. Then people start to say things like, “why are you doing this to yourself?”

What really sets successful artists & entrepreneurs apart is their foresight to recognize when the ship is sinking, and their courage to make intelligent decisions (so they can move on and get excited about the next project). However too many “personal” factors get in the way of smart choices:

— The righteous voice in your head is programmed to say, “Never Give Up.”
— You’re embarrassed to tell others that the project failed.
— The fear of bailing out trumps the stress of staying in.
— You need to prove something to yourself.
— You’re afraid to make a big change.
— You dwell in denial.

I’ve said this before: It’s ok to let things fall apart. Let things go south. Let the whole project "breakdown" and collapse if necessary. Truth is, breakthroughs are usually preceded by breakdowns, and if we squirm to avoid the breakdowns, we actually deprive ourselves of the real grit from which breakthroughs arise. I know it’s not an easy choice to let the boat sink. However, all things considered, it just may be the wisest.

“The most talented captain can't save a ship with a hole in it.” —Bob Lefsetz


COMMENTS


Posted By Rachel
Ships....that..sail..
....took the ship to the dry dock and had a total refit...


Posted By Mike Pinera
Ride Captain Ride
Michael, thanks again for feeding my hungry creative soul with spiritual nutrition. Across the world every day groups of grateful, bewildered, uncertain about their future, fragile individuals, gather together in rooms filled with hope, sharing and praying that powerful prayer about Serenity, Courage and the Wisdom to know when to let the past fade away or to hold tight to that dream that might somehow still come true. Thanks to friends like you and your readers who post their experiences, it truly helps the rest of us to choose and to... "know the difference." Mike Pinera- Writer, singer of "Ride Captain Ride." With Blues Image.


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP - Part 2
But she awoke severely disabled. Just before all this she had been a normal young college girl. Now she could not see, speak, use her hands. For many people, this would have been a reason to give up. But instead of quitting on life, she went through the grueling process of rehabilitating her life as best as possible. And, after several years of this, she want back to school, finished her last few classes, and graduated. She is way more active in life than many of us able bodied people; who forget how blessed we are just to have health. She goes to concerts, and actually makes friends with many of the bands. She has even gone skydiving. Remember, the motto she taught me is: NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP !!!


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
Never Ever Ever Give Up
Take a time out. Gain new perspective. But you came here to achieve success for yourself and the millions of other people's lives who you will benefit. You have climbed 99% of the way up the mountain. It is actually now easier to push on the rest of the way to the top. You are closer now than you have ever been before. My band performed at a graduation party at the Roxy Theater for a friend's niece. Meeting her inspired me greatly. She was a normal young girl. But just before she was to graduate, she has a severe Asthma attack. The hospital gave her the wrong medication, which caused her to have a stroke and go into a coma. After several weeks, they had given up hope for her, when she suddenly awoke. But.


Posted By Roberta
Hot Tamale
and the secret passcode is ...tamale and yes it's hot! Forget the kim chee. Who wants to dig up a piece of buried rotten cabbage in the first place? My ship is sailing smooth and we are soooo... close to our destination we can now see the shoreline capt'n!


Posted By Freddie brown
Hmmm
There's a lot to be said about knowing when to pivot and when to persevere. If you don't you will be in hot Kim Chee. And pick up the "who moved the cheese " book.


Posted By Sam Stinger
Hold or Fold?
You got to know when to fold um.


Posted By Robert Hermanna
Never quit!
I love the business Im in. I pour in my heart, soul and body. I know that I get a majority of my identity from it, because it was always my dream to inherit it. It is a family business handed down to me and family. I learned it from my childhood and my memories there are intertwined with my entire life. We have had problems between family members but few have left. I could never leave....and will do anything to keep it going.


Posted By Roman
Sinking ship.
Our ship definitely has a hole in it. You have inspired me to speak bluntly to my partner and open a conversation for action.


Posted By Connie Buchari
Starting over
It takes a lot of wisdom to recognize when the ship is sinking. Also, its hard to bail out the more you put into it. A couple of years ago I had to let go of a business I had for five years. In spite of trying everything, even outside consultants, nothing worked. I was exhausted. I vowed to take a rest after I bailed (and after I wrote Job recommendations for the deserving loyal employees). I did a lot of soul-searching & self-inquiry before I started my next business. My personal coach helped me with my weaknesses and to identify my strengths before choosing the next venture. I am again at the beginning stages of my new project, excited and determined not to repeat the same mistakes. Should have done this sooner.

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