Monthly Archives: February 2013

Move Fast and Break Things

 

Too often, we are too afraid to take the first step in an idea we have. This may be simply because we don’t know what step to take first or because we fear failure. Failure in my mind doesn’t exist, but mistakes do. Mistakes are inevitable and we must accept that we will ALL make mistakes in our life. This does not make you a bad person or a failure, rather, it makes you more experienced than your peers who didn’t have the guts to to try. Mistakes lead to progress which lead to success. There is not a single successful person in the world who made it through life without making a mistake. Actually, the most successful people in the world made the MOST mistakes! Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor “because he lacked imagination and had no good ideas”, Soichiro Honda was turnt down by Toyota for an entry level position and Bill Gates started a failed business called Traf-O-Data before starting Microsoft.

What I am trying to get at here is if you have an idea, take the first step, no matter how scary it may be. If you don’t know how to take that first step, do as the 12th employee of Facebook told me; paint the door red and kill something every day. What he meant by that is just DO SOMETHING and do it with conviction. Doing nothing gets you nowhere but doing something will undoubtedly get you somewhere.


 

 

I live my life by the motto “Move Fast and Break Things”. For those of you who know me well, you know that I juggle a lot of projects at one time. I will be the first to say that I fail at some of these projects. However, that’s the whole point in moving fast and breaking things. When you’re juggling a lot of projects at once, you are going to drop some of the projects that aren’t worthwhile, but the projects that stay in your grasp will prosper. Living life at a fast pace allows you to learn much quicker and pursue great ideas. Not every idea is a good idea, but there is no way to tell which idea is good or bad until you actually give them a shot.