Pivoting well is crucial if you want to succeed
Your posts are always very thoughtful. I like reading them. The topic of this post is very close to my heart. I've wrestled with this pivot or persist dilemma not just for myself, but also in my consulting work with founders. I have never successfully managed to convince a founder to pause or pull the plug on an idea until the cash ran out.
One thing I've realized is that most times it is about the journey rather than the destination. What I mean is, if one derives satisfaction from the effort, rather than the outcome, then the question of whether to pivot or persist is moot. Especially in the case of artists and creators, it is the joy one derives during creating that is the driving force rather than the eventual success that may follow. Similarly for entrepreneurs, it is the process of building something new that makes them content.
And ultimately that's what life is about, isn't it? Doing what brings you joy, peace, satisfaction, and contentment ...