“I’m not afraid to fall; it means i climbed up high
to fall is not to fail; you fail when you don’t try”~ Superchick “Get Up”
In the middle of a long text message conversation on my way home on BART I made the comment, “Half the stuff I’m working on now I’ve never ever done. I picked it because I’m most likely to fail at it!”
I blurted that out but was instantly reminded of something @MitchellBaker said (and I’m paraphrasing) ~ “If it makes you feel uncomfortable, you should probably do it.”
Over the past year I’ve spent a lot of time stepping outside my comfort zone. Way outside.
Each time is a total gamble. Each time I risk failure, disgrace, embarrassment.
Because not doing so is absolute failure.
I fell. It hurt.
I understand that failure itself isn’t Failure. “Failure is required” as @cookflix said.
It’s really no different than a child learning to walk. You fall. You get up. You take a step and you fall again. You get up. You keep at it, you keep at that which is important.
As a leader
Over the past year I’ve found myself developing my leadership style, my brand, my way of leading. I’m honing in on who I am. Who @mrz is.
I try very hard to empower others, to encourage, to aim to surround myself with people who can do a better job than I can. People who can stand on my shoulders and do more than I could possibly do. In many ways, I try to delegate as much as I can, to hand off as much as I can.
And I’m more comfortable taking gambles. I know what matters to me (mission, empowerment). I know who matters to me (friends). And within those contexts I feel safe.
I take risks. I put myself out there. I iterate. In the words of @msurman, “Fuck it, ship it.”
You should too.
“Something comes from nothing if you’re willing to believe.”
~ Pillar, “Everything”