Fail Often

 

December 13, 2011

 

This came in this morning from Seth Godin (really brilliant marketer/entrepreneur).  

 

Insulate yourself…

 

from anonymous angry people

 

Expose yourself to art you don’t yet understand

 

Precisely measure the results that are important to you

 

Stay blind to the metrics that don’t matter

 

Fail often

 

Ship

 

Lead, don’t manage so much

 

Seek out uncomfortable situations

 

Make an impact on the people who matter to you

 

Be better at your baseline skills than anyone else

 

Copyedit less, invent more

 

Give more speeches

 

Ignore unsolicited advice

 

Talk about a call to be courageous!!  So easy to read, intellectualize and feel motivated.  Which invariably fools me into thinking I’m doing something (when I’m not).   So this morning I’m going to practice what I preach—get out of my mind and into my life!  I’m picking one of the above to act on.  And I think I’ll pick the one that makes me want to not push send.  It will probably give me the biggest bang for my buck!  FAIL OFTEN.

 

I’m going to make this my mantra for the rest of the month of December. I will notice when the fear of failure clouds what I want to do, and do whatever it takes to move forward in spite of my fear.  I’ll jump over it, crawl under it, side-step it, barrel through it.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!