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  • Writer's pictureMarwan Refaat

Glass Half Empty

Growing up we're indoctrinated with this idea that work should be submitted on completion and that perfect is the enemy of done but at the same time we're told that it's about quality not quantity. There's a disconnect there that irks me.

I've always felt the idea of a reward coming at the very end to be highly demoralizing as I simply don't have the mental stamina for that. Of course as is the case with most things if I put in the effort things should move in the right direction but it feels like people are asking me to run a marathon when I feel like a sprinter.

Overcoming inertia and maintaining momentum are two completely different ball games and I always strike out when I attempt the latter.

I wish compensation and accomplishment was more linear and fluid and that there was a way to survive with the skill of getting the ball rolling and creating opportunities even if you're not necessarily the one able to see it through to the end.

CapEx vs. OpEx

Why is everything so backloaded? Why can't we have a pay-as-you model for work that's half done?

There are lots of shiny objects I've found over the years and incomplete projects that are half-baked that I'm too ashamed to put in public. The problem isn't that the 50% mark is unworthy of recognition – it's that you're distracted and people don't like you when you evade the attention tax so you might as well eat those amphetamines and comply!!

Execution is the inverse of exploration and we need both to create anything meaningful but the consensus seems to be that ideas are a dime a dozen.

It bothers me that half-done is almost always viewed as a glass half empty.

Every time I write I feel a subconscious pressure to make my paragraphs 5 sentences long from years of bad marks on my English papers.

My favorite ideas, products, and performances aren't fully cooked – they're medium rare.

Why stop when the sentence is done when I can just stop when I'm done with the s

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