Have you ever given up on your brainchild

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On Mother’s day*, as I was thinking about my mother and her efforts in raising me, I realised that no matter how hard it is to raise a child, mostly every mother struggles and never gives up on her child. Thankfully, that was the case in my life; and I am very grateful to my mother for her hard work and dedication in making me who I am today.

As I continued thinking, I realised that the same applies in our field of work or sometimes in our personal lives. We all come across times when we have an idea (our brainchild), which we believe is unique and would delivery best results when put into action. As SQL developer/analyst, I have many a times come up with unconventional approaches, which have helped me a lot in serving the businesses that I have worked for. Needless to say, those ideas have also helped me to grow in my field; and I have also enjoyed my share of fame and rewards.

However, there have also been times, when I had to give up on my ideas (or brainchildren) because :

  1. After some investigation, realised that the technology was not ready (or maybe it was my limited knowledge of the technology)
  2. My manager/team weren’t ready to afford it (in terms of time and money)
  3. The idea wasn’t as good as I had anticipated initially.
  4. In one rare instance, I had to give up just because my manager wasn’t happy that it was my idea and not his.

Though every rejection brought some disappointment, I made sure not to stop being creative at work.

Out of curiosity, I would like to know how many of you have ever given up on your brainchildren at work? If so, what were the reasons? Please also let me know how you felt when you couldn’t convenience others ?

*  - In the UK, Mother's Day was on 26th March 2017.

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