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Are You A Finisher?

I never used to finish what I started.

My Dad always told me that I, “Never followed through.”

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He was right.

Generally, when things got hard, I had a tendency to give up.

Especially in Junior High and High School.

All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one… characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Work Was Different

When I started working-at the age of 15, my follow-through got a little better. (I was hired to wash dishes at a Chinese restaurant.)

After a couple of years washing dishes, I had an opportunity to move into the front of the house; the dining room.

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I become very comfortable there. It was a fast-paced environment, and the busier it was, the more I made in tips. (I was a busboy.)

My follow-through became a lot better.

As the years progressed, I worked my way up to waiter, assistant manager, and general manager at various restaurants.

The topping on the cake was when I landed a position as Maitre’D in a Las Vegas showroom. Good stuff.

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Except for the tacky red tux that I had to wear every night.

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(My red tux-circa 1983.)


A Pattern

I was starting to detect a pattern.

When I was going after something I wanted, like a better job, I was able to up my game. I was able to follow-through with whatever responsibility I had. I finished what I started.

But, when I wasn’t very enthusiastic about something, my follow-through was horrid.

That’s because I just didn’t care.


I’m A Finisher

At this point in my life, if I don’t finish something, I feel guilty.

Heck, I started and finished a business book. A 262 page book.

I’m not perfect, though. I do have a few unfinished projects laying around.

And, I’m okay with that, because I’m okay with myself.


What about you? Are you a finisher?

Is your follow-through superb?

Or, does it need some improvement?

Is there something you need to finish? 

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I'm The Franchise King®, Joel Libava. I help prospective franchise owners avoid bank account emptying mistakes.
For 23 years, I’ve been showing people how to make smart, informed decisions on franchises to buy, and I can help you, too!
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