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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




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!