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  • Writer's pictureSean Hoggard

Starting Over From Scratch

Updated: May 2, 2023

We all have started something and in the middle of it came upon a point where we had troubles and gave up, or it did not go according to plan and was forced to start over. It may have been extra work, but the work was rewarding once you were finished.


Lately, I have been at a standstill with things in life, such as this blog and my memoir I am currently in the process of writing. I have periods where I am motivated to start, and once I hit a rough patch or cannot decide what move to make next, I stop completely. It becomes harder and harder for me to get started again after each day of procrastination and bad discipline.


The advice I received when I went through these periods is to remember ‘the why.’ Why did you start whatever it is that you started? I want to pass this advice on to everyone that reads this blog post. Find your why and use that why as your motivation to keep going and to not give up. Fall down 9 times and get up 10. Another bit of advice is to work on your discipline. I am speaking to myself as well. The proper and stronger discipline you have will help you remain focused on your goal at hand. Build a healthy habit of working until the job gets done, and keep you composed when tough times come up. You lose focus and feel like quitting.


Starting over from scratch is not just for work but for relationships, friendships, careers, and more. With relationships and friendships, sometimes they do not work out for whatever reason. You may have been too immature or may not be the right person, and the point of that relationship was to learn a life lesson. Starting over gives you and the other person time to evaluate yourself and that situation. Learn steps that can be taken so that those things do not happen again. Of course, things will not be perfect, but you will be better prepared for the next friendship or relationship and more vital to deal with what comes.


Starting over in a career can be nerve-wracking but can be a blessing in disguise. New job or taking a leap of faith and starting your own business. More than likely, you may not know how things will turn out, but if you put the hard work in, the reward is worth it. Sometimes, you need that time to reevaluate. Starting over in your career is not always bad, especially if you were initially not excited about a field. I started over in my career. I have been in the security field from 2012 to 2020. I just started my career with my last job as a Technical Writer in October of 2020. Now, I am in a new position as Technical Editor. I did not want to be in security, though it paid the bills. With the help of some important people, I am now in my career with the highest salary I ever made.


Do not be afraid to start over. Yes, it can be time-consuming! Yes, it can be scary because you don’t know what is going to happen next! Yes, it may be more work! At the end of the day, it is rewarding once you get to the point where you want to be. Do not get discouraged if you have to start over. It is not about how you start meaning it does not matter how you got to the point of having to start over, but about how you finish with an emphasis on the wood finish.



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