Editor’s note: Gwyn is working towards a Kickstarter project. It’s quite ambitious and a bit slow going. She discusses the possibility of failure below.
I am writing this on Mother’s Day. I could have, should have, written it sooner but to be honest I have been so completely preoccupied with “the project” that I almost forgot. I am not a mother and my own mother is long gone, but I do have an awesome mother in-law and she is coming for dinner this evening so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.
If you haven’t noticed I am a Seth Godin fan and again I will refer to him. Seth writes a lot about failure and why it’s good because it means we are trying things, we are “poking the box.” I agree, but it is easier to get behind when you are not in the final stages of what could be a big fail.
Seth has this to say about failure:
The math is magical: you can pile up lots of failures and still keep rolling, but you only need one juicy success to build a career.
The killer is the category called ‘neither’. If you spend your days avoiding failure by doing not much worth criticizing, you’ll never have a shot at success. Avoiding the thing that’s easy to survive keeps you from encountering the very thing you’re after.
And yet we market and work and connect and create as if just one failure might be the end of us.
Aha! I have been doing exactly that, looking at this project as if this one failure could be the end of me. Truth is I already have two new project ideas, most likely better ones.
I have never been much of a sports fan but I am gaining a new respect for athletes. Even with a big paycheck coming it has to be hard to get back out there for the last inning, quarter, whatever when you are losing badly. But they do it, again and again.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over. ~ Yogi Berra
Never have I understood that better. We work hard as entrepreneurs, often alone. On Friday after a bit of a meltdown I got back in the game and made some changes, one of them being to back away from the work. I was running myself ragged trying and getting nowhere. After a good break I came back and gave the project a makeover. I gave myself time to look at what may not be working and change it. I came up with some new strategies to reach people. I reached out and got some great advice from friends. Too little too late? We shall see, but I am in til the end whatever the outcome and it kind of sucks, but I can’t say I regret it and I can’t say I won’t try again. I choose to be.
This week I am not giving much to link to or respond to but I’d like you to answer this:
When the chips are down, what gets you back in the game?
What gives you the tenacity to find the crack in the concrete and grow?
What makes you choose to be?