So smooth. @torikelly is dang good.
Don’t know much about Harry Connick Jr., but after watching this, I’m a fan.
When To Call It Quits On A Good Idea
Everything you read these days talks about not giving up on your ideas. “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed,” they say. But at some point, you have to have a conversation with yourself about an idea that just isn’t working. How do you know when to call it quits? Today, I came across a Q&A session with reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian in which he addresses the issue. So far, it’s the best answer I can find on calling it quits.
Don’t get married to your ideas. EVERYONE has great ideas. Ever heard someone say: “Oh, I have this TERRIBLE idea.”? No, because we all think our ideas are amazing.
Instead, get into a habit of testing them, launching them, doing them. Whether it’s a kickstarter or an iOS game, or anything. At some point, you’ll need to call it quits on an idea that isn’t working. These days we call it a “pivot” but it’s really just failing and changing/adapting. That’s OK! Everyone does it. Everyone is doing it. Even FastCo was like ‘hey let’s try this AMA thing” and I was like “Cool, I’m gonna do video answers” then a bunch of users said “This is terrible we can’t hear/watch them” so we were all like “OK, stupid idea, we failed, let’s go back to text”
There is no secret to knowing exactly when to change course, and plenty of people have succeeded by gutting it out, so I can’t tell you specifics, but if you launched an idea that just is not getting any traction after a few months and you keep troubleshooting every week with some new approach/tactic/etc w/o any progress, it’s probably time to move on. But that’s OK!
Try it - if at first you don’t succeed, try again. If you’re unable to succeed after several attempts, it may be time to move on.
Source: Fast Company