The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing. – Seth Godin
I recognize that the “move fast and break things” motto popularized by Facebook is now wildly criticized in the industry and, perhaps, rightfully so. It imposes stress and undermines the quality when startups adhere to it blindly and aggressively. But it does have a point though, doesn’t it? Is it even possible to progress without making mistakes?
Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool… The mistake. – Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford
And not only it makes sense for organizations, but, and even more so, for the personal life. See, I’ve always seen laziness and procrastination as a lack of willpower, as character traits, while, in fact, they are merely symptoms of a much bigger issue: the fear of failure. It’s not like we are inherently lazy and are constantly looking for ways to slack off. Not at all. We, humanity, are the ones who always look forward and strive for more. But for some reason, we tend to overestimate the cost of failure and underestimate the reward which produces ill decisions. So, the question is not how to stop procrastinating (it’s already clear). The question is, how to stop being afraid? I believe that the only way is to embrace failure and stop judging yourself for it. Failure is okay. Actually, it’s even more than okay. It’s proof that you’re going forward.
Treat failure like a scientist. Your failures are not you. Your successes are not you. They are simply data points that help guide the next experiment. – James Clear