Failure

Yesterday I failed and didn’t get a post up. The truth is it was a busy day at work and a friend I don’t get to see that often wanted to grab dinner. I could have hurried something and gotten a post up just to get a post up. Instead, when I got home around 11, I decided that there wasn’t anything to contribute and today was a failure. Instead of treating this as a mistake, I remembered that all failure is feedback. And what was this failure feedback? Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead.

I knew I’d be tired after going out. I knew I’d be tired after work. I knew I’d be tired if I didn’t have anything written before 10. But I didn’t plan ahead and I let a good time get in the way. Am I upset that I hung out with a friend? Not at all, it was much needed relaxation. The lesson though is knowing yourself well enough to know that you won’t get anything done if you don’t do it by a certain point.

When you think about it, most lessons go back to the dip and stopping before you start.

Good Emails

This isn’t new but it’s something that I always keep with me in my career: “Will they miss you if you’re gone?”

I learned this one through a weekly email I used to send out that actually converted somewhat well. It started out with a whole plan about creating a character and a story but it just never panned out. The work wasn’t necessary, the email had a low open rate, and I honestly started to think that people weren’t reading it. So one weekend I decided to not send it and see if it even caused a mild ruckus, or even had one person ask for it. Not a soul wondered what happened to it.

If you’re going to push through the dip you have to know what you’re getting yourself into before you start. I didn’t plan and I wasn’t prepared to make things happen. Lesson learned. Always push, always grow.