Sometimes you’re the hammer & sometimes you’re the fail.
We don’t always nail all our projects here at Twotone
but incrementally we do learn & step up our game each week. We call each other out and count on our clients to do the same. Turning missteps into slam dunks isn’t uncommon by burying your prode and keeping your stride.
Recently we got some tough feedback from a client on project and he suggested I dive into the subject a bit. I headed his advice and did some thinking. Turns out, failure as a theme has recurred here over the past year:
#coolstorybro. So you failed, now what?
Step 1: Rub your nose in it.
“The key to learning from mistakes is to admit them without excuses or defensiveness, rub your nose in them a little, and make the changes you need to make to grow going forward. If you can’t admit your mistakes, you won’t grow.” – Shane Parrish
Step 2: Look for guidance.
“Your customer is the only person that can help you overcome your fear of failure. Talk to them constantly, listen when they tell you who they are and what’s hurting them. Be patient with yourself, and build the thing they need. Success is an inevitability if you’re willing to do this for a long enough period of time.” – Maran Nelson
Step 3: Don’t just stand there. Keep going!
Most of the world’s biggest businesses stumbled around for a while before finding the right formula to take off. As the CEO of a very successful company once told me, “It took me 10 years to become an overnight success.” – David Brown
As always, thank you for reading!