When you realize how well you can make something, falling short, whether seen or not, feels like failure.
What I’ve learned from Superman:
If you jump enough times, eventually you jump high enough that the result becomes indistinguishable from flying.
The road to success is always under construction.
On the Subject of World Domination
You aren’t defined by your failures.
You aren’t defined by your successes.
Those slides were shared back to back by Don Miller, one of the speakers at World Domination Summit, which I attended in Portland, Ore. this weekend.
It’s so easy to attach self-worth to success and failure, like so many grades on a report card. For an entrepreneur, this is a terrible idea. Entrepreneurs can do their best work and receive 9 Fs for every A, if they’re lucky. And unlike a class, in being an entrepreneur you’re most likely to learn far more from your failures than your successes.
Success can breed complacency: why improve, when your best or something close was clearly good enough? Failure leads to review, refinement, reconsideration.
I’ve done a lot of reviewing and reconsidering lately, and there’s quite obviously a lot more on the way.
This weekend has brought me some peace. It’s refreshing to see others striving with great gladness, chasing projects of passion with zeal. It’s refreshing to see others so ready to knock themselves out, dust themselves off and go again. It’s refreshing to not be alone, to be somewhere where this is the norm and not the exception.
The secret to World Domination could not be simpler. The secret is, quite simply, to try, and then to not ever stop.
If you can persuade people, if you can shift their perception of value, if you master the rhetorical power of language, if you can figure out how to make them as excited, as bullish, as certain as you are that it is so valuable that it is inevitable, then you have figured out how to warp space and time, and, pardon the mixed metaphor, mountains will move. Your idea’s time will have come.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
You get an idea, and you just can’t wait. Once you’ve started, then you’re in there with the punches flying. There’s plenty of trouble, but you can handle it. You can’t back out. It gets you down once in a while, but it’s exciting. Our whole business is exciting.
The truth is that, in order to make progress, you need to physically and mentally fight against the momentum of ordinary events. The default state of any new idea is failure. It’s the execution–the fight against inertia–that matters.
Whenever I’ve gotten to a fork in the road, the hard way, for me, has almost always been the right way.
Here’s a few shots from the White House Tweetup event for the UK State Visit.
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If you do things well one at a time, you end up in a really good place.
Don’t despise small beginnings.