Open Minded at the Get-Go

When you take on a project, it’s important to remember that your ideas will grow and develop as you travel through it. Too many times I have visualized the end product of a project before it was time and ended up unsatisfied at the end. When a boss or family member etc. asks us to do something for them, we are filled with enthusiasm, we want a quick product. But would we settle for a quick product if it was for us personally? I wouldn’t. I spend a long time researching cars I want to buy (for example) or themes I want to use or websites I want to make before I set out to make them. The same should be true when we are working for others. Stay open minded and let the project take on a life of its own. I have always believe that life is a journey not a destination and if you know the destination before you start the process, you’ll be disappointed at the end.

This is especially important to remember now with the employment rate being as low as it is. We should emphasize what we can do today and out tomorrow will be better.

Author: Damien Riley

Damien Riley is a blogger, film reviewer, & podcaster who writes a column at RileyCentral.blog once a week. He has an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. He married a high-desert princess (now his queen). They have 3 children.

4 thoughts on “Open Minded at the Get-Go”

  1. So true, so true. I can relate in a similar way. Sometimes we get our underwear in a knot before we even get very far on the journey. My wife will sometimes get all worked up about a project. She imagines the worst outcome before she even begins. I will remind her that she needs to not formulate the end result, but rather make a plan and see how things unfold. Most times, when shee is finished, it wasn’t that bad and looks completely different than her worst fears. Of course, I do this too and she has to give me a dose of my own medicine. Great thoughts.

    BTW: love the title of your blog. My mom always used to tell me that I was driving her to the funny farm. Who knows? Maybe it’s not such a bad place after all.

  2. I have experienced this, but at the same time I feel that I generally do even better work when I am doing it for someone else because I don’t want to disappoint. I guess I would put myself on the fence as to where I am in this post but I do agree that we shouldn’t take shortcuts no matter who the work is for.

    Besides, if you’re doing something for someone else and don’t do the best job possible, you could be responsible for any negative things that result from it.

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