I like quotes. I always have. At worst, they’re mildly motivational (even the pithy ones) and at best, they can really inspire you to look at the world in a different way.
This week’s quote reminds me to keep trying new things, even when many (or even most) end up being complete flops. For instance, I introduced an initiative at work last year (which our team was super stoked about) that fell on its face after three short months. Not a great feeling. But instead of letting that failure suck my energy and define my future efforts, I took the nay-sayers’ feedback on the chin (like a big girl) and just this month, filtered it into a new project. It’s already starting to gain momentum, which is really saying something. (Not everyone on our staff is super enthusiastic about change — of any kind.)
Then, there’s this site. I didn’t know much about running a website or blogging when I began. All I wanted to do was write. I hadn’t given much thought to “branding” or continuity, and it showed. Or the importance of keeping to a schedule — and my initial readership numbers took a massive nose-dive because of it. Let’s be honest: I was all over the place. The site lacked a clear focus or sense of direction. And while the re-launch last fall was helpful in terms of the overall look and feel, I’m still finding my groove when it comes to posting content on a regular basis. It’s something I’m actively working on. Promise!
All I know is that, at the end of the day, you’ve got to be 100% okay with taking risks and a 110% okay with any resulting failures. Making mistakes means you’re still learning, growing, and improving. And that, my friends, is the up side of everything!