Thursday, May 5, 2011

Something Worth Doing is Worth Doing Right...No Matter How Long it Takes

I often feel the need to finish something as quickly as possible, feeling sometimes frantic at the need to get something done...whether it be getting a project revised and out the door, getting a first draft done or meeting even more lofty goals such as getting published. Learning patience, and even more than that, learning to take the time to do a job WELL is one of the most important things to keep in mind. It's not quantity of time that matters in this business. It's quality of work. Something I try to remember whenever my frantic tendencies threaten to overwhelm me :)

"The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance."

~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


5 comments:

Christine Fonseca said...

Dude! How often do we talk about this one! hahahaha

Eric said...

Yeah, patience is not my strong suit. Getting older though, I'm learning that this is a lesson I really have to master. Being impatient (in any situation) usually provides more negatives than positives. Great post, Michelle. Good food for thought!

Angela Felsted said...

That is a wonderful Jane Austen quote.

Stephanie McGee said...

Well said. Patience is a virtue which many of us seem to have underdeveloped in this publishing industry. (I speak from my own experience.)

Laura Pauling said...

I've really been focusing on that. Slowing down during the revision process and not trying to rush it out the door. Great advice.