Finishing Is Better Than Starting

Hey guys, and for those of you reading this live when I post it, good evening lol. It’s an old school style post today, my Monday Musings in a Minute so I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.

I got some great news today! After over a year of sending countless job applications, taking all sorts of psychometric tests and receiving multiple rejections after attending interviews and assessment centres… I finally got offered a graduate job!

If you would have told me when I wrote my blog post last year about my university experience that it would take me this long to land a good graduate job, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Me? Law graduate from a top university? Impossible! But the fact is, it did happen to me and there’s nothing unique about my circumstances. I wasn’t mentally prepared for the long road that was to come, but I’ve honestly learned so much from this whole waiting process. It has humbled me and it has helped me, but I’ll save the details for another day as today is just a quick one.

But the big moral of the story that I want to share with you today is that finishing is better than starting. Often we set our sights very high and we don’t realise what it might take to reach the goal. Yes, starting something is a great accomplishment and sometimes can be a difficult first move… but starting is just the beginning.  That’s all it is… Day 1 of __.

The road to completion takes real commitment but it is better and more valuable than simply starting the process off. It’s also tempting after we start the process to compare our rate of success to others – if it takes “too long” we may even lose the will to continue. We can get easily derailed through unhealthy, unconstructive comparison. That mentality is damaging and causes us to lose sight of the bigger picture. The bigger picture is that you started for a reason, and you didn’t come this far just to stop part way.

So whatever you’re working towards, I want to encourage you to keep going and see it through to completion. It took me 378 days and it might take you less or even longer, but don’t let it shake your commitment. Always remember why you started and if you get stuck along the way, don’t be too prideful to ask for help. No man is an island.
And to absolutely everyone that has helped me along the way (you know who you are!), whether through prayers, giving tips and advice, encouragement or just lending an ear to listen… thank you! This isn’t just my testimony, it’s ours. 

God bless you!


“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ — Luke 14:28-30

15 thoughts on “Finishing Is Better Than Starting

  1. Well done Wunmi, your first graduate job is fantastic news and will open so many new opportunities for you. I am very pleased for you. Great encouragement in your blog. I am currently going through downsizing so it’s encouraging. One tip from me is the job application process never goes away, always keep your CV up to date and examples of your work ready. Always remember to enjoy your achievements so go celebrate and enjoy now. Well done

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