Sunday, January 01, 2017

New Beginnings

It is said that well begun is half done. I think that's a good thought. But most of us begin things with bright eyes, brimming with enthusiasm and determination. We are all good at the half-done part. It's the other half that's the problem.

It is so easy to give up. You can spend days, weeks, months trying to get better at something. But it just takes a busy day, a lazy weekend, a vacation, or an "I'm too sick" week to get derailed.

That's why you see people flocking to the gyms on New Year's and quitting their too-optimistic one year memberships by Easter. It's why Coursera's course completion rate is less than ten percent. We are just too darned lazy (although I prefer the euphemism "power efficient").

But the idle shall not inherit the earth! So this year, let's resolve to keep our resolutions :)

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