Posts Tagged failure
With all the ‘Steve Jobs‘ posts flooding the internet, this one caught my eye. It is not a Apple bash piece but rather a great object lesson for those that get caught up in the “Aim, Aim, Aim, Ready, Aim, Aim, Fire” mode.
6 of Apples Greatest Mistakes
By Scott M. Fulton, III / October 6, 2011 2:03 PM
This is not an Apple-bashing piece. It is also not an attempt to cut an American icon down to size at a time when were remembering the magnificent contributions of its fallen founder. This is about how failure makes us better.Ive lost count of the number of times Ive heard, seen, or read comparisons of Steve Jobs to Thomas Edison since early yesterday evening. Jobs did not invent anything – not the personal computer, not the MP3 player, not the tablet. But besides that fact, there are certain other stark similarities. One: Jobs, like Edison, was a fierce competitor who sought to control not only the delivery channel for his products, but the market surrounding those products. Two: Like the finest scientist, Jobs studied his failures and Apples very carefully, and unlike Microsoft, built his next success upon the smoking ruins of his failures.More Steve Jobs Stories6 of Apples Greatest MistakesSteve Jobs Legacy In the Pantheon of Great American InnovatorsFrom Silicon Valley to Bahrain, the Web Mourns Steve JobsA Great User Experience: The Web Legacy of Steve JobsWhat Steve Meant Back ThenReaders will likely remind me that certain of the
Marathon Not Sprint
As I mention in my “Failure is not a Title” post, we need to look at things as a long process that we learn from, a Marathon if you will, not a 100 yard dash. Yes, the above mentioned items are on the bottom of some outhouse of ideas, but the industry learned from then and evolved into what we have today.
- Think Different – The Legacy of Steve Jobs (legallyeasy.rocketlawyer.com)
- Steve Jobs Reinvented What It Means to be Human (forbes.com)
- An Analogy of Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs (nytimes.com)
Not to long ago, I got into a pointless debate with my brother (you know the kind, where one brother takes one side and the other takes another and you’ll be damned if you let him win an argument) about the topic of people’s desire to change their lives. We began talking about how “some people just don’t want to succeed” because they don’t try hard enough.
My point was that fear of failure is a strong driving force to those that want to change but don’t want to risk failure. Even the thought of failure can drive someone to avoid a positive experience by suddenly finding hours of busy work. People wants to have a better life but the fear of failing at something drives them in a direction that produces exactly the opposite. Then I found this post from Seth Godin and it rang true with me, they take the failure personal.
How else are you supposed to take it?
“Don’t take it personally.”
This is tough advice. Am I supposed to take it like a chair? Sometimes it seems as though the only way to take it is personally. That customer who doesn’t like your product (your best work) or that running buddy who doesn’t want to run with you any longer…
Here’s the thing: it’s never personal. It’s never about you. How could it be? That person doesn’t truly know you, understand what you want or hear the voices in your head. All they know is themselves.
When someone moves on, when she walks away or even badmouths you or your work, it’s not personal about you. It’s personal about her. Her agenda, her decisions, her story.
Do your work, the best way you know how. Is there any other option?
Learn not Burn
I would advise people to learn from the experience and not get hot over it. I caught myself the other day taking this advice. I had someone standing before me very mad (and yes your natural assumption is to assume ‘what did I do to deserve this?’) but I stepped backed and asked myself some questions in the heat of the moment while trying to listen to the person vent:
- What is exactly going on here?
- How did we get to this boiling point?
- Did I really do something to bring this on?
- How can I learn from this?
- What can I do to make this a teachable moment and return the person to the topic of accepting my offer.
We do take things personal. There is no doubt about it. If we can learn that we are in a long process and not a one time event, we have the ability to step back and learn from each event.
This is why you’ll hear me say, “Failure is an Event, not a Title”.
- Failure is a Prerequisite for Success (socyberty.com)
- What failure can teach you (iowabiz.com)
- Seth Godin Is Weird (twistimage.com)
- 3 Marketing Lessons from Seth Godin’s New Book “Poke the Box” (hubspot.com)
- Celebrate Failure Since Failing is What Most of Us Do (psychologytoday.com)
Recently, I reorganized and reprioritized my podcast library and listening preferences. It’s been about a year and some of the material wasn’t doing it for me any more. I won’t get into the reasons or the methods right now. Just know, I started poking around iTunes, my podcast subscription tool of choice. and began sampling several different podcasts.
There is a lot of free podcast content out there and most of it is worth the price you pay for. But occasionally, you can run across some work that is truly valuable and insightful. I wanted to share just such a find.
This is taken from their about page at Venture Voice:
What does it take to start a successful business? We’re working the phone to find the answers by calling on entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and their friends and foes. This podcast (or, for the uninitiated, Internet radio show on demand) features our conversations. Listen to the voices of those living the entrepreneurial life. The excitement, trepidation and ambition heard in their tones gives us a feel for what they’re going through.
We’re interested in people in all types of industries — those who’ve already made it big and those who will soon. We want to hear about failures as well as successes. Start-ups have effects on personal lives in addition to professional lives; we explore both. If you would like to suggest someone to be interviewed, or have feedback for the show, please contact us.
Host and Executive Producer: Gregory Galant
Associate Producer: Eddie LeBreton
Founding Designer: Aaron Quint
My Time is Valuable …..
So why do I think spending time listening to 1 hour interview so worthy that I would want to pass it along to you. Just in a short time I have gained valuable insights that I believe will help even the most modest of achievers among us.
Here are some of the insights I’ve gain:
- All these people in the success stories we hear about are people just like us!
- All had mentors that helped them in the process of moving forward
- All failed … some more often then others … but all did.
- Some were visionary, Some were leaders, Some were lucky …. all tried and refused to give up.
- Some had great answers to difficult questions.
- Some seemed clueless and you end up wondering how they made it so far.
Generally speaking that if you want to become better at something then the time you spend must complement this. After all:
- If you want to become thin … don’t do what fat people do.
- If you want to become rich … don’t do what poor people do.
- If you want to become better … don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.
Here’s a Sample of Titles:
I wanted to share with you some of the episodes that I recently listened to. Now keep in mind, I don’t agree with every point of view these people claim to be important. Rather I listen to their thought process and try and understand how did they end up making the right choice and what created sustainable success.
- VV Show #56 – Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek Software
- VV Show #55 – Graham Hill of TreeHugger
- VV Show #54 – Tim Westergren of PandoraVV Show #53 – David Cohen of TechStars
- VV Show #52 – Sam Wyly of Maverick Capital, Green Mountain Energy, Michaels Stores and Sterling Software
- VV Show #48 – Frank Addante of The Rubicon Project
- VV Show #46 – Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp
I’d be interested in knowing what your thoughts are of some of the interviews. Please drop by again and leave a comment. If there are other podcasts that you think are also valuable then please leave a comment here as well.