I believe one of the greatest problems facing our society in this moment is that of dabbling. Merriam Webster defines dabbling as a superficial or intermittent interest, investigation, or experimentation.
What I mean by dabbling is that we don’t dedicate the necessary commitment or dedication to what we are pursuing.
US Society Dabbles
This has been pretty much our method of doing business in the US going back until the Vietnam War. Previously, when we were in a conflict our servicemen stayed until the job was done. Serving during World War II and Korea meant you were there until the enemy surrendered. There weren’t rotations back to the US every year. Vietnam continued the same pattern. The level of commitment in Iraq and Afghanistan is confused at best and could definitely be considered dabbling.
Problem with Dabbling
The problem with dabbling is two fold. First we don’t dedicate enough resources to something to develop it to where it will be successful. I see this so much with would be entrepreneurs, authors or anyone doing some sort of activity on their own. They don’t dedicate enough time to it.
Most of these people have jobs. You get up in the morning, go to work, pretty much work until a lunch break and then finish up the day at work, usually about eight hours. Most would-be entrepreneurs never come close to dedicating the same amount of time to what they want to create. Then they wonder why they are making the same kind of money.
Would-be authors might sit down for a half hour a day and try to write. How much more would they produce if they treated their writing like a job, had a longer, set amount of time where they planned out their writing and then actually sat down and acted as if their boss was expecting results from them. I am willing to be their books would be much further along.
The other aspect where dabbling is destructive is the perception that it causes in others. If we don’t appear committed to a project, others will not support us in it. It is a destructive circle because we don’t sense the support from our family and friends we will gradually lose interest. We need to show others our commitment so their support strengthens us.
Don’t Dabble, Be Committed
Back in my Special Forces days, commitment was something that was expected. Commitment got us through hard times, through the dark nights when it seemed like it would never be daylight or warm again.
Commitment will make you spend the time required to get the results you desire.
Just remember, don’t dabble. Either all in or don’t do it.
Leave a comment about where you have seen people dabbling in their lives.