I attended my first Toastmaster's meeting last Wednesday and experienced special guest Ed Hearn deliver an inspirational thought provoking speech entitled: "The Courage to Try."
Mr. Hearn gave examples of individuals achieving seemingly impossible goals such as Wilma Rudolph winning three Olympic Gold medals despite having a severe physical disability as a child. In each example the actors overcame daunting obstacles to realize fantastic goals.
During the speech I was thinking about people's opportunities in life, and how I did not have to struggle to complete High School, College, or get a professional job. I've taken advantage of opportunities which were nearly given to me, but I haven't made my own opportunities. Mr. Hearn's speech combined with some of my other experiences have made me realize the goals I attempt in life are low risk or low effort. When I take on large (1,000+ hours) personal projects I give up on the projects after investing a small (10-700 hours) amount of effort into them compared to the amount of effort required for completion. I'm assuming I give up because I don't see results and overvalue the opportunity cost. IE. I think "Hmmmmmm...... I've spent 50 hours on this which I could have spent completing items x,y, and z on my todo list instead. It may take another 500 hours to achieve my goal, or I may not even be able to achieve my goal," and sack the project.
I am not sure if this new thinking will bear fruit. Unless I can talk myself into believing there is significant value in the act of trying I'm not sure I can justify the cost of the attempt. Maybe because I plan for the worst and hope for the best. Under this mentality I assume the 1000+ hours invested will not achieve the stated objective.