Monday, January 2, 2012

Fail Big, Fail Fast, Fail Well

If you want to make serious progress this year, take my advice and start failing. Seth Godin was interviewed on video a while back saying, "If I fail more than you do, I win."

Don't make 2012 the year you played it safe.

Fail Big. How? Look for outrageous projects, big clients, crazy ventures - and don't do anything unless it gives you butterflies in your stomach. When you have those... that's the test -  you know it's big enough. 

Fail Fast. Learn from your failures and make the adjustments quickly.  Appreciate the failures and keep going and trying.

Fail Well. If you have a cat you know that they like to race around for a few minutes each day followed by hours of napping. So our cat, Courage, comes speeding through the living room toward his 6 foot cat tree. He springs up - flings his front legs into the air - claws out - prepared to grab onto the side of the perch. He totally misses the jump and falls backward. It was ugly and I saw the whole thing. Courage turned around and saw me; he was stunned.  He rubbed his paw over his face a couple times and walked it off. Now that's failing well.  It's gonna happen. People may even see it happen. Just walk it off.  Try again better.

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