Something occurred to me as I’m in the throes of the home stretch writing my book of fiction…I hadn’t considered finishing it. Weird, huh? But as I’ve been talking to my editor, publisher, and writing colleagues, this seems to be a common situation. Had I planned on finishing, writing the ending would be so much easier.

If you take the time and spend the money on taking a series of cooking classes, then you should consider finishing them.

If you take a new job, it’s a good idea to consider and plan on how you’ll leave that job.

Pablo Picasso died without a will. His heirs spent a significant amount of time and money (not to mention frustration), because of Picasso’s naiveté and selfishness.

If you’re born, it just makes sense to plan on dying (because there is no alternative, right?). 

If you start a company, 99.9999% of people need to realize they’ll either sell that company or it will fold. The end of a business can happen without being a failure by planning ahead for the finish.

I get stuck in the magic and excitement of the beginning. I forget finishing can and should be just as magical and invigorating. 

We should put the same energy into both. 

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