A formula for success

"Would you like me to give you a formula for success?

It's quite simple, really.

Double your rate of failure.

You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success.
But it isn't at all.

You can be discouraged by failure
or you can learn from it, So go ahead and
make mistakes. Make all you can.

Because remember that's where you
will find success."

Thomas J. Watson (He founded IBM)


I got this quote from an email from Leo J Quinn Jr, from his Goal Jumpstart program at http://www.leoquinn.com/goaljumpstart.html

Double your rate of failure.

Try things that probably won't work, just to learn from them. In almost every failure, is a little lesson that almost did work.

But better yet, try things that "should" work, even if you're scared you don't know how to finish them.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined."
~ Henry David Thoreau


As Thoreau said, "Go confidently in the direction...", he didn't say stay at home and plan it all out to the bitter end, and never start! Make a good plan, then Start!

My friend Bob "The Teacher" Jenkins @BobTheTeacher just recently published a book, called "Take Action, Revise Later", its even got a catchy website... http://takeactionreviselater.com/book/. I ordered his book, just waiting to get it so I can go on about the genius of that concept. But I was lucky enough to be invited to video tape one of his work shops (actually, he paid my way there, and I got a laptop out of the deal too, good deal that!) Anyway, he talked about this idea in his workshop.

If you have a pretty good idea or plan, why not get it out to the market place, and let the customers use the idea a while. Then as the feedback comes in, you Revise the idea, until after a few versions its a REALLY good idea, and the customers love it. Not only that, but you've been getting paid for the development, and the customers have had a chance to use it and hopefully they got some positive experience from using it a year sooner, than if you'd spent the year polishing it in the lab... that might be a bit of a run on sentence there. Bit of irony that I do a big ugly run on while talking about a book written by a teacher right? :)

I'm a big fan of "prototyping" stuff. I'll have an idea, and I'll go out and hack something together, and use it a while. Because I know me, if I don't jump right on it, it might not ever get done! The first one is NEVER very good, but often its just good enough that it gets used a few months before I get back to improving it. Way I look at it, that got me some good "in the field" experience of using it, and if / when it breaks, then I have an idea of how I'd like to improve it. Or maybe I'll realize it was a bad idea, and I'll just quietly bury it and move on!

Now, this does not mean to lower your expectations, and turn out some really shoddy work. What I'm saying, and I'm talking to myself as much as anyone else, is to grab an idea off my shelf that I've been thinking I should try, and... well.. Try It!

I'll let you know how it goes, after the smoke clears!

By Carlin Comm posted on 2010-10-27 10:27:14