Envisioning Elegant Endings

Endings don’t have to be failures, especially when choose to end a project or shut down a business…
I’ve learned to envision the ideal end to any project before I begin it now – even the best gigs don’t last forever. Nor should they.

[Samin Nosrat]

 

I’ve begun reading Tim Ferriss’ latest book, Tribe of Mentors. It’s off to a strong start.

 

I’m fascinated with this quote from Samin Nosrat who is writer, teacher and chef. Especially the idea of envisioning the ideal end to any project before you begin it.

 

Who hasn’t put off starting something simply because she was worried how it would end?

 

  • a creative project
  • a business
  • learning something new
  • a relationship
  • a workout

 

Ferriss has spoken about creating fixed length projects where the goal is the process rather than the outcome. His wildly successful podcast began when he committed to producing a limited number of episodes (maybe 6?) as an experiment. His rationale was that even if his show couldn’t find an audience in that time he’d still have learned the fundamental skills of  podcasting. At any point after six episodes he could graceful retire from podcasting, having achieved his very manageable goal.

 

The last part of the quote speaks to a mindset of low attachment, which appeals to me a lot.

 

Even the best gigs don’t last forever. Nor should they.

 

What could you begin today if you knew you could do it for a finite period of time with the option of ending it elegantly?

 

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