FAIL FAST!

If things seem under control, then you’re just not going fast enough” Mario Andretti

A story about the secret of success;

A man approached J. P. Morgan, held up an envelope and said “Sir, in my hand I hold the guaranteed formula for success which I will gladly sell to you for $25,000

Sir” J. P. Morgan replied “I do not know what is in the envelop, however if you show me and I like it I give you my word as a gentleman that I will pay you what you ask.

The man agreed to the terms, and handed over the envelop. J. P. Morgan opened the envelop, pulled out a single piece of paper folded along the center, unfolded it and silently read what was written, then placed it back in the envelop and handed it back. J. P. Morgan then promptly paid the man what he had asked, $25,000.

The formula;

  • Every morning write a list of things that need to be done that day
  • Do them!

Ever noticed that “What the hell” is always the right decision? Anon.

In business the idea of failure is almost always, not quite always, but is frowned upon. Failure is a dirty word, failure is to be avoided. Should this be so? Should this be acceptable? Ever?

I do not believe so!

I’ll repeat;

I DO NOT BELIEVE SO!

FAIL THEN LEARN, FAIL FAST THEN LEAR FASTER

Failing is human, it’s just natural, and it’s how babies learn to walk and talk, and do things. If it’s good enough after 13 billion years of creative planetary perfection then it sure is good enough for me.

If you’re not living on the edge, then you’re taking up too much room” Reverend and the Makers.

You, your team, your business… live fast, experiment, take risks, learn how to not do stuff, but more importantly learn how to do stuff. The imperative has to be doing, doing it now, doing stuff differently, doing stuff wrong, doing stuff right… this is the imperative. Being at the edge of your knowledge and experience is where you’re going to find your limits and then some.

Make a list, then go and do the stuff on the list. It’s a simple enough concept that even a first grader can get this idea. The to-do list is one of the most important things to have on your desk, on your tablet, on your laptop, on your desk top and on your desk. Make a list, then go and do the stuff on the list.

Be fast, unplanned is planned. Doing things is strategy. Making errors is natural so make the most of those errors because an error is just an opportunity to learn how not to do things like that again in the future. You can now strike that version off your list of how to do stuff and add it to the list of how not to do stuff.

Thanks for reading.

Philip

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