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In too Deep – Ideas on Irrationality from an Independent Filmmaker #AtoZChallenge #IndieFilm

l-r: Filmmakers Susan Buice and Arin Crumley. Check out their feature film 'FOUR EYED MONSTERS.'You've probably been there; unhappy with your choices in what you're doing. Maybe you no longer love it because it's a constant pain in the ass but you suck it up and stay because you've spent way too much time on it, used up way too many resources on it, endured way too many expenses for it, called in way too many favors to see it through to the next phase; and now you want a return on your investment -- at least to break even because you owe it to yourself to see something come of your efforts. I've been there too and even return to that place every now and then. It's not just about financial investments, although that does play a huge role in it. More often than not, it’s about being stuck in an unhappy, unfulfilled spot that you refuse to move out of until you get results.

At this point, you don't even know, or even care, what the ideal goal or end game looks like; you're just grabbing at anything that looks promising, to see what sticks, whether you actually want what you receive or not. That is not a fun place to be and life is too short to keep subjecting yourself to a career path that no longer brings you any joy. If it's causing more problems than solutions, then it might be time to re-evaluate what you do want and try to improve where you’re at, or throw in the towel and find something that you’re not going through the motions with just because of all you've put in.

What was the last situation where YOU felt like you were in too deep?

Have YOU ever invested more into a goal or interest or relationship or job or career than what you eventually gained from it?

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Reader Comments (4)

I was halfway to becoming a high school English Teacher when I realized that I just couldn't do it. Not after working in the tech sector for years--it was just too ..too everything. No time to go to the bathroom, too much time would need to be spent to do the job justice robbing time from family. The teachers were not often treated well by the administrators. It was hard to walk away from the money and effort sunk into it, but I would have otherwise missed my daughter's childhood. Thank you for your post!

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJyllianm

=) Very nice post! Thank you!

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Barone

Yes, been there, was stuck in editing job which didn;t give me any satisfaction. Quit 2 years ago and am now a freelance writer. It's sometimes tough cos money can be tight but I'm happier now than I was then.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAgnes Ong

I hate it when I'm into a project, look back and wonder why in the hell did I do this, but plod on. Too much time and energy already invested! Arrrg.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterC. Lee McKenzie

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