Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

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Ever been involved in a relationship that just went on too long? Or a project you really should have scrapped sooner than you did?

Or even continued with a creative process to the end, only to be severely disappointed with the less-than-stellar results?

Want to change that in the future? On a consistent and regular basis? I’ve got some great advice for you in this episode.

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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17t
question for you
have you ever
taken on a project and continued on wit
it just a smidge too long or even more
than a smidge too long it wasn’t workin
out but he had so much time and effort
put into it that you really didn’t want
to give it up just in case just in case
or a personal relationship or a busines
relationship a romantic relationship
where it just went on too long and
clearly it wasn’t going to be successfu
but you couldn’t quite give it up you
couldn’t quite think now if I just give
it that little extra push maybe I’ll
make the difference I think that
sometimes it’s hard to recognize when
that’s the case because you know there’
an argument to be made that with just
the right amount of effort you could
make a success out of a lot of things
but I think there’s a way to change tha
on a consistent and regular basis and
the way to change that is something tha
the subject line and the title of this
video and blog post on the site makes
very clear and kind of stark
and that is that we need to have the
ability and the willingness to fail
faster so that we can succeed faster we
need to be able to look for the good
work that we put into something and
weigh it on a constant basis against
whatever metric for success we had for
that particular project or process or o
whatever but part of that is recognizin
that something is truly failing and
being willing to say okay that didn’t
work let’s try something else
not let’s keep pushing and pushing and
pushing until it does work it just I
haven’t given it enough effort or I jus
haven’t worked hard enough or strong
enough or long enough
and we need to remember that just
because we make something just because
we create a product or we create a
service or we create a process doesn’t
mean that that’s something that we
created is the right something is going
to be the successful something in the
long run the good work is there but
we’ve got to be the ones that can look
at the effect and the result and say
okay I need to reconstitute this or I
need to rethink this I need to start at
square one and we need to not worry so
much about how much time and energy we
have into the project already the sunk
cost fallacy that I talked about in a
previous in a previous video it’s hard
it’s really hard it’s like you go into
things with the best intentions in the
world and yet sometimes it just doesn’t
work sometimes it just doesn’t work how
do you deal with that are you
are you flummoxed are you frustrated ar
you angry with others with yourself
if we create the option of failing
faster to succeed faster if we remove
the idea that failure is horrible
disgusting awful it’s it’s it’s
embarrassing it’s the worst that could
possibly happen rather than failure as
again we’ve said in previous videos
failure being a learning process
wouldn’t that be easier for us to then
go okay what wasn’t working let’s
examine what wasn’t working and let’s
try something else so my message today
is if you can figure out a way to do it
and for me it’s just been making the
statement that I want to fail faster
and I’ll be happy to risk that I didn’t
give it enough thought or I didn’t I
gave it short shrift or I didn’t give i
enough effort but I’d like to fail
faster so that I can look at the result
figure out what was going on that didn’
work so that I can then succeed faster
so fail faster so that you can succeed
faster how does that sit with you what
do you think about that
let me know in the comments below if
you’re watching on vo2 gogo I’d love to
know your thoughts on this I’d love to
know what your attitude is toward
failure and towards success and if this
is something that rather than being a
revolutionary and unachievable thing fo
you is actually a permission slip
that’s what I’d really like to know is
this something that will help you let m
know in the comments below I’d love for
you to do that do the commenting over o
vo2 gogo comm if you would because
that’s where the conversation is sane
and moderated and calm and the haters
aren’t there usually if you’re watching
this on vo2 vo2 go go great if you’re
watching this on youtube that’s great
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6 Responses to Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

  1. Stuart Gauffi May 15, 2019 at 7:00 am #

    I have lived my life in fear of failure. That word has such a powerfully negative connotation to me that I will hang onto something until the bitter end, ever hoping to make it succeed. I wish I had been formally introduced to the world of engineering at a much younger age. In that world, failure just means finding out that the current model doesn’t work (and usually comes with a revelation of why). This allows one to gain valuable experience much more quickly.

  2. Chris Buckner May 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    I was definitely in a relationship that went on too long. I tried so hard to be the nice guy but I should have ended it much sooner. Thanks for the video David.

  3. Kirsten May 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

    I don’t think I fear failure as much as the unknown, and even success (I’m weird, I know) – but success changes things, and not always for the better, but that’s a whole ‘nuther kettle of fish. This is a good reminder for me to be present, and to know when to “cut bait” and when to keep fishing! Thanks David.

  4. Nance Weber May 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

    This was great! Thank you, David. As a “recovering perfectionist” I keep this quote above my desk: “We learn to walk by falling, to talk by babbling, to shoot a basket by missing, and to color the inside of a square by scribbling outside the box. Those who intensely fear failing end up falling short of their potential. We either learn to fail or we fail to learn.” — Ben Tal Shahar

    • Kirsten May 16, 2019 at 8:40 am #

      Nancy that is an awesome quote – thanks for sharing it!

  5. Stephanie May 15, 2019 at 3:57 pm #

    Wow, Nance, that is a great quote. Thank you for sharing. David, this was a huge issue for me until recently. I built a show for a person 7 years ago all on my dime. I did it because I listened to them and trusted their words. They said they had this and that, financial backing and so on. For 7 years I held on to the sets, props, and characters hoping, trying, forcing it to work but it just never did. The show got great reviews and people liked it but it didn’t make any money. On some levels, it was a success, but the truth is It was a failure that I could have stopped much earlier had I just stopped and looked at the full picture. I didn’t play Chess I played Parcheesi. I threw caution to the wind. I finally sold and gave away most of the show items. It felt good. I gave myself a pat on the back for trying and for the things that came out well and put it to bed for good. I learned so much from the experience that I think in the end it was totally worth it. I won’t have that experience or anything like it again. I learned to value my abilities and to ask people to show me the money first. If I had moved through the process faster it would have been even better. That experience is already helping me with new projects so it was totally worth it.

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