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Fail it ’til you nail it


Sometimes you’re the hammer & sometimes you’re the fail. I have worked on a lot of projects, sometimes I don’t always nail all the projects I work on, what I do is incrementally learn & to step up my game each week.

The people I work with on projects, I call out, turning missteps into slam dunks isn’t uncommon by burying your pride and keeping your stride.

Recently I got some tough feedback from a client on project and she suggested I dive into the subject a bit. I took her advice and did some thinking. Turns out, failure as a team has recurred over the past year. I highlighted the roles that skill and luck play in our successes and failures and reminded clients that “it’s not the failures that define us so much as how we respond to them”.

Why do anything? Why multiply the failure. So you failed, now what?

You could try to learn by taking these steps

Step 1: Rub your nose in it.
The key to learning from mistakes is to admit them without excuses or defensiveness, rub your nose in them a little, and make the changes you need to make to grow going forward. If you can’t admit your mistakes, you won’t grow.

Step 2: Look for guidance.
Your customer is the only person that can help you overcome your fear of failure. Talk to them constantly, listen when they tell you who they are and what the are expecting. Be patient with yourself, and build the thing they need. Success is an inevitability if you’re willing to do this for a long enough period of time.

Step 3: Don’t just stand there. Keep going!
Many of the world’s biggest businesses stumbled around for a while before finding the right formula to take off. It can take years become an overnight success.

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