No matter what you do, you're going to make some mistakes. But making mistakes per se won't lead you to failure because everyone makes mistakes. Your competition, your customers and your employees. It's just part of being human.
What leads to a failure or to a success is what you do once you make a mistake!
Recently, after 6 months of investing time and money working on a design & development of a project, I realized that the solution that I've come up with had a couple of critical mistakes.
It was tough to realize and accept that I've only noticed those mistakes after 6 months of work. What was even tougher to do, curiously, was to let go the solution that I've been working on. I always thought that, eventually, when I would run into some mistakes I would learn from them and carry on. Well... it's not so easy as it sounds.
Here's what I've learned from making mistakes:
- Who wants to make mistakes? No one! If we could just be successful, we would be a lot happier. However, mistakes are a part of life and a part of business. As soon as you accept this, learn from your mistakes and get going, the better!
- Realizing that you've made a mistake, sometimes, isn't as easy as it seems. So if you did noticed that your plan, written 6 months ago, isn't going to succeed, it's better to start working on a new one than to insist on a plan that it's doomed to fail. That would be two mistakes in a row!
- Fight you EGO! You're worst enemy is yourself. It's hard to admit that you're wrong. But if you want to succeed I suggest that you start focusing on solving your mess than focusing on satisfying your EGO!
- Just make sure that you've decided to work on a different direction because you've found a mistake and not for fear of shipping your product. Don't make up mistakes because you're afraid that your launch will be a failure.
That's the rabbit way.
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