Below is a chapter from Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. Over time we will be posting most of the book, though, should this inspire you to buy a copy, we would not be offended 🙂 Posted chapters can be found in the Table of Contents.


Rule #24: Finish the task (Dad)

There will be moments in your life when, in the midst of a project, you’ll just want to scrap it all. Term papers, work projects, relationships, or personal goals—sometimes the crap gets so thick that the only option seems to be to push yourself back from the table and go see a movie. The crap will change —it will be people, circumstances, or your own actions—but it will be there, and you have to figure out how to deal with it.

While there are certainly times when walking away is your healthiest option, there are also times when you just gotta plow through and finish the job. It’s not always easy to know when, but just know that difficulty does not always translate into “not worth your time,” and here is why.

Finishing honors and values others. Sometimes you will have no choice, but failure to finish a task can damage and devalue relationships and commitments that others have made.

Finishing honors and values others. Sometimes you will have no choice, but failure to finish a task can damage and devalue relationships and commitments that others have made.

Finishing honors and values self. When you make a promise to yourself, do your best to honor it. This means being realistic, but it also means being persistent and committed.

Life’s steps build one on another. There is no guaranteed linear progression of life, but often completion of one task creates opportunities for taking on future ones.Beauty is often on the other side of

Beauty is often on the other side of conflict. You will be amazed at what is on the other side of hard work, tension, and struggle. Finish enough of the time to find out.

Finished.

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