Much of my early 20's was spent jumping from one adventure to another. I would sometimes go through 2-3 jobs in a single year. I was attending college but quickly dropped out as I wasn't sure why I was there. My career path had no definition. What I decided to do with my money would change from day to day with no real direction. While this was certainly a fun and exciting way to live, in the end it was unrewarding. In my mid 20's I began to wise up to the old saying "Finish What You Start".
Successful people see a goal, and follow through. They have an idea, and then pursue it whole souled. Small bumps in the road or even a strong headwind will not cause them to change direction.
About 3 years ago I put all of my determination and energy into one main direction. I want to become and stay 100% debt free. It wasn't quite fashionable to be frugal yet when I decided to become debt free. And my determination certainly will not fade when (if) the economy does return to normal. No this decision was not a recession driven decision or one of necessity, but one of faith and determination.
A second decision that I made was to apply for a spot in my local Electrician's Apprenticeship program. Out of 1500 applicants I was selected and received one of 40 spots here in my local union. I was so happy at first to learn that I had made it into this field. And I was determined to see this through even though it meant years of grunt labor and a 5 year schooling program. I recognized that the error to my previous endeavors was that I didn't see things through to the end. Now a couple of years later the economy has shattered the labor market here in South Florida and I am desperately trying to hang on to my determination to see this through. In the past I would have given up and started something new. This time is different. I believe in the long term prospects of this career choice and I am viewing the current job situation as temporary. I am not simply going to give up and what I've started because it hasn't worked out exactly the way I viewed it. I am going to finish what I've started.
This is 2 simple ways that I am trying my hardest to finish what I've started.
Discussion Question : Is there anything that you wished you had finished that you gave up on? and What have you followed through on that you are grateful for? Please feel free to comment as your insight is much appreciated.