Successful Business Adaptation.
The more complex and elusive our problems are, the more effective trial and error becomes. At the crux of adaptation lies this conviction: In a complex world, we must use an adaptive, experimental approach to succeed. We can’t begin to predict whether our business idea will actually sink or swim once it’s out there. There are three principles for failing productively: You have to cast a wide net, “practice failing” in a safe space, and be primed to let go of your idea if you’ve missed the mark.
- Try new things.
- Expose yourself to lots of different ideas and try lots of different approaches, on the grounds that failure is common.”
- We’re so anxious not to “draw a line under a decision we regret” that we end up causing still more damage while trying to erase it.
- When we engage in hedonic editing, we try to convince ourselves that the mistake doesn’t matter, bundling our losses with our gains or finding some way to reinterpret our failures as successes.
- Recognize when you haven’t succeeded.
- This is the easiest to state and the hardest to stick to: know when you’ve failed.
- The more complex and elusive our problems are, the more effective trial and error becomes.
- Experiment where failure is survivable.
- Look for experimental approaches where there’s lots to learn – projects with small downsides but bigger upsides.
- Too often we take on projects where the cost of failure is prohibitive, and just hope for the best.
- Fear of failure is universal, experiencing it is inevitable, and running from it is dependably routine.
- As a culture, we can’t seem to shake the negativity of the term – even though most success stories have a shared foundation in some kind of accidental realization, wrong-footed first attempt, or outright error.
- Like it or not, screwing up is an essential part of the creative process.
- Sooner or later, all real change involves failure—but not in the sense that many people understand failure.
- If you do only what you know and do it very, very well, chances are that you won’t fail.
- You’ll just stagnate, and your work will get less and less interesting, and that’s failure by erosion.
- True failure is a mark of accomplishment in the sense that something new and different was tried.
- Ideally, the best way to fail is in private.
- Failing is not useless. It can force you to get yourself together and to produce something new.
- We’re taught to do things the right way. But if you want to discover something that other people haven’t, you need to do things the wrong way.
- Initiate a failure by doing something that’s very silly, unthinkable, naughty, dangerous.
- Watching why that fails can take you on a completely different path.
- It’s exciting, actually.
- Solving problems is a bit like a drug. You’re on it, and you can’t get off.
The most challenging thing for a young entrepreneur is to think long-term. When you are 22 years old, it’s hard to think in 22-year increments since that’s as long as you’ve been alive. But it’s really important to view your life as an entrepreneur as a long journey that consists of many short-term cycles. It’s relatively easy to focus on the short-term cycle, it’s a lot harder to think about the next decade and how what you are doing today impacts where you want to be ten years from now.
- If you are doing something poorly and you don’t enjoy it, then you probably suck at it.
- If you are doing it poorly, but it’s important to you, or you want to get better at it, or it fascinates you – keep trying.
- Give yourself 24 hours to mourn a failure.
- When something fails, wallow in it for a day. And then move on. Never let it stay with you for more than a day. But give it its one day.
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