People remember how you finish not how you started
Being in the entertainment industry my husband has picked up various lessons that he shares with me. I remember him saying, "You are only as good as your last project", a lesson he learned in the early days of his career. That lesson has helped him carve a path of excellence for himself. He is outstanding at what he does and I get to hear that from people he answers to and people who answer to him. He has been telling me for a while now that it's not how you start but how you finish that people remember.
The beginning of a project is wobbly especially if people involved in that project didn't have an established relationship already. Learning to understand work styles of everyone involved takes time. Eventually, all partners in the project move on to accomplishing the project. Along the way, people learn and grow (hopefully). By the time it's closing time people are tired and want to "take it home"(as they say it), it requires extra effort. It's the last mile that demands the best of you to reveal the finished product. If you fail then, you give up, you are off your game, nothing you did to get to the last mile matters. It doesn't matter what you did through out the project but how you end the project that's all it matters. People will remember if you delivered the product and delivered it with conviction. People remember the last mile, the home run, your last words so how you finish matters the most. It's the hardest, most challenging, and extra important.
I try to remember this and I hope I have left good impressions with how I closed my projects and my relationships. I don't know if I have made mistakes because someone needs to bring that to my attention so I can correct myself.