Get in over your head, joyously

This quote delights me because my best design work has frequently followed a sense of being in way over my head.  I often compare projects to the Bolder Boulder 10k, specifically the 5-mile marker.  At this point, I’ve got 1.2 miles left and most of it uphill. The exhilaration of the start and the chatter of the crowd is a distant memory. My running mates are somewhere ahead or behind me, or grudgingly silent.  At the starting line, we were saying “Why don’t we do this more often?” At mile 5, I’m vowing to myself that I’ll never sign up again.  But, once I see the finish line, it’s worth it.

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