One of my favourite interview questions is: Do you like starting something or finishing things?
Almost 80% people like to start things. Shouldn’t come as a surprise though.
Finishing is much harder.
Finishing that project requires a lot more than starting something.
Driving a conclusion requires a lot more than initiating the discussion meeting. Making the product work requires a lot more than starting to code the product. Building an organisation where people love to come to work requires a lot more than hiring people.
Starting something such as projects is what people do a lot more than completing them.
But, thoughts work very differently.
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Thinking never truly finishes. And, hence, it’s the beginning that’s the hardest. Taking the first step to imagine, to listen, to comprehend, to think – is super super hard.
Once you have imagined or reimagined a thought – converting it into action is a unique path you will define, sooner than later (repeat – starting a task is easier than finishing it) – starting something as a thought.
The key then is – to start a thought.
I have been given some very valuable, gracious feedback on how this blog is a thought starter.
They think it’s because I am experienced and am living through these emotions before most. I know it’s a thought starter because I keep it simple.
The goal is NOT to define the path, not to be a self help book, but to plant thoughts and ideas. To just write in simple language what I thought of a certain situation in my life.
No fancy words, no complex models, no fancy theorems, no patents filed!
I am no intellectual. And I don’t pretend to be one.
But when I read super insightful material written in a manner that only a few people can comprehend, I wish even the intellectuals didn’t think of themselves as one.
Ironically, the need to maintain our intellectual status ends up alienating the same people we wish to influence.
[This post by Ankur Warikoo first appeared on LinkedIn and has been reproduced with permission.]