You Don’t Need to Finish A Damn Thing

“You’re not going anywhere until you’ve finished your meal!”

Being forced to finish what you’ve started creates unhealthy relationships with food. But what about the other relationships it impacts? …

But if I describe myself as an employee, rather than an entrepreneur, then that list becomes a series of questions. Why didn’t I persist with academia? What made me give up bartending? Was I ever serious about any of it?

Why didn’t I finish my damn meal?

It’s damaging to compel people to finish up, see out, or follow through every single time. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is stop what you’re doing, dust off your hands, and move on to the next adventure.

I was two years into a PhD when I quit. It wasn’t until I’d immersed myself in academic life and surrounded myself with other academics, that I learned that I didn’t want to be an academic. I looked long and hard at what finishing my degree would mean for my future, and I decided that it wasn’t the future for me.

Not listening to her was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Shortly after ruining my career, I started work as a narrative designer for an immersive game company. The job turned out to be rewarding, creative, and satisfying. I would never have taken it had I not quit my PhD.

I’ve quit a lot of jobs and changed direction in my career several times since I started out. But I’ve made sure each time that I’ve learned something of value before doing so — even if I have to uncover that learning in retrospect.

Don’t look back on your previous work history as a patchwork of mistakes or missteps. Your work and educational experiences are part of your growth trajectory. They’ve brought you where you are today and that will get you where you need to be.

You don’t need to finish a damn thing.

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