Do You Leave Your Best Work On The Cutting Room Floor?

Sunset Film by Riccatreccia (CC BY-NC-ND)

Sunset Film by Riccatreccia (CC BY-NC-ND)

A man . . . dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. —Ralph Waldo Emerson 
The skill of the century is editing. —Graham Hill



Happiness takes editing. From biting your tongue to purging your closet, being selective promotes clarity and power. How many times have you reread texts or emails and quickly started over? What would you do without a delete key?

But too much restraint can sacrifice valuable material.

Your first instincts are closest to the thoughts and feelings that fuel you. However awkward, they’re usually raw, fresh, immediate, and genuine. That’s why Facebook is so interested in your self-censored posts—first drafts can be a profitable window to the soul.

Editing is an art and you are a work-in-progress. It’s still best to think twice before telling your friends they can’t dance or sharing details of your bodily functions at dinner. But take risks when it comes to sharing your instincts and visions. People spend their lives looking for fresh, raw, immediate, and genuine. Err on the bold side. Don’t leave your best work on the cutting room floor.




  1. Editing is important … sure … yet spending too much time reviewing work, when your goal is to ‘get it out there’ can be counterproductive, and delay necessary responses. It’s a great thing that I do have a delete key, but it’s important for me to send out the text, email, idea, request, etc. sooner rather than later in order for the message to be received in a timely fashion.

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