10. Stick Around

“Work is never finished, only abandoned.”
—Paul Valery

Every career is full of ups and downs. When you’re in the middle of living out your life and career, you don’t know whether you’re up or down or what’s about to happen next. “If you want a happy ending,” actor Orson Welles wrote, “that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”

It’s very important not to quit prematurely. The people who get what they’re after are very often the ones who just stick around long enough.

You can’t plan on anything; you can only go about your work, as Isak Dinesen wrote, “every day, without hope or despair.” You can’t count on success; you can only leave open the possibility for it, and be ready to jump on and take the ride when it comes for you.

Show Your Work!

By: Austin Kleon

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