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There are no shortcuts, and there are no hacks. There's only work.

Credit: Micha Huigen

The beginning of any project is always characterized by blissful productivity. There's so much to be done. There are only happy paths. Just you and an infinite canvas.

Sooner or later, the blissful productivity gives way to something that feels much more like . . . work. All that's left is the "boring" stuff. You wonder how anyone ever finishes anything.

Don't worry, you're not alone. In fact, you're probably in the majority! Most people dream of doing great things, but many never start. Of the few that start, even fewer finish. Those that actually finish know the deep satisfaction of seeing something through to the end. It's a satisfaction much deeper than the euphoric high of starting. 

This guide shows how finishing a project is different from solving the problem you set out to solve; what role fear might play in limiting you from reaching your potential; and what you stand to gain by seeing a project through to the end.

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