I have a problem.
Yes I will admit it. Perhaps you share the same problem…
What is my problem?
Committing to the end.
Now I am referring specifically to ambitions and ventures in life. In the past few years, I have created or delved in several projects, including the following:
- Talkmatic.com – I started a podcast website with episodes featuring the likes of Robert Scoble, John Chow, and Meebo co-founder Seth Sternberg.
- Styic Entertainment – A company I co-founded and built up here in Taipei, Taiwan.
- My own music album – I released an album in Asia a few years back, now on iTunes.
- LawYours – I created an event in Palo Alto that brought together web startups and law firms including Heller Ehrman and Gunderson Dettmer.
- Geekwhat.com – I built this website from the ground up, attracted a worldwide audience, and monetized the blog.
- and more…
The point of this article is not to flaunt my achievements, but in fact to point out my weakness i.e. commitment. Although I achieved the above milestones, I believe that if I had continued to commit my passion and skills toward any of these projects consistently and with perseverance, I would have built something even greater and more successful. But I did not. Many people have great ideas, but don’t execute on them. I have some decent ideas and make it to the step of executing, but unfortunately I don’t persist as far down the line as I should.
So my vow is to fight it out. To stop giving things up halfway through. To take a passion project to the end. I think it is a blessing to truly know what you want and have access to the tools to make it happen. I need to be more aware of this blessing and really milk it for all its worth.
I will succeed and achieve my passion project.