Starters And Finishers

It’s far more fun to make the big announcement and get a lot of attention than it is to sustain interest and overcome hurdles along the way.

This makes big announcements pretty much worthless. It also makes really pushing ahead with the task long after the attention has shifted elsewhere incredibly valuable.

People lose interest even in the very biggest projects.

Most people give up when they hit the dip.

Just in the past year, I’ve seen people give up on wikis, events, slack channels, video series, weekly AMAs and potentially game-changing projects because attention shifted elsewhere.

Don’t give up. The hype cycle is real for community initiatives too.

Just because attention shifts doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. The majority are always seeking the next quick thrill. It’s going to take time for people to change their habits, accept you as part of the field’s landscape, and want to contribute to your creation.

You’re going to be persuading people one by one to buy into your vision.

I worry today there are far more people willing to start a community project than complete one. Some people just want the applause. No applause? They move on to something else.

True believers don’t give up so easily. They know how important it is to be working on projects which will shape the community for years to come. Trust yourself and keep working at it.

 

Comments

  1. Meg Barbolini says:

    True believers don’t give up so easily. They know how important it is to be working on projects which will shape the community for years to come. Trust yourself and keep working at it.

    Needed this today - thanks for sharing!

  2. Kathleen Ulrich says:

    Last October, members told me they really needed a career path In March, they announced publicly that we were developing a career path and it just needed some tweaking.This month I asked for the career path in any stage of completion. I got a back a note that my timing was terrible they needed more advance notice, etc. HA! My members are starters.

    I have created career resources (which is the main need and promotes the community) and will publish that. They can add a career path when they are ready if they still have interest. I am a finisher.

    It is very frustrating, but I’ll just keep this perspective in mind as this is not the first or last time something like this occurs. It’s really helpful to look at things in a different way.

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