Better teacher…success or failure?

This post is inspired by the 37 Signals post titled “Learning from Failure is Overrated.”  From a psychological standpoint, I believe most people respond stronger to losing something, as opposed to gaining something.   That’s a sucker bet, in my opinion.

All these chicken shits have these repetitive mind patterns in their heads saying stuff like “It has to be perfect” or “I can’t mess this up.”

You can mess up when you’re in a great industry and you have a good business model.

The most famous example I can think of is Microsoft.  Microsoft become one of the riches companies in the history of the world by creating software that barely worked.  They understood early on that the OS was a land grab.  Had they not pushed their market share, they would have made room for competitors.  They did spend their time fixing bugs.  They spent their time preparing the next release of windows b/c this is how they made their money.

Jason Fried thinks people focus too much on not making the same mistake that they never learn how to succeed.  I understand the insinuation, but I also believe that you should never beat yourself in business or anything else.  You have to make solid decisions.

His advice is to focus on your successes and what you do right and I agree.

I remember when I started my first business, I was obsessed w/ learning Quickbooks.  I thought if I could master it, I would have a huge advantage.  In the end, I learned how to use Quickbooks and it’s made my life easier; but it’s not going to make me money.  It’s only going to save me money, and you don’t become rich saving a few thousand dollars a year by being a do-it-yourselfer.  You get rich by creating something that’s repeatable and in demand.

Agreeing w/ Jason:  don’t think about not losing.  Think about winning and what it takes.

He gets a little nasty when he says:

If other people can’t market their product, it has nothing to do with you.  If other people can’t build a team, it has nothing to do with you.  If other people can’t price their services properly, it has nothing to do with you.

I like this stern talking to.  Sometimes you get so busy getting things done that you neglect your business model.  In the end, if your business model is flawed or it can start to disappear slowly.  We call this a free for all.  The business starts going in all different directions and it’s like a juggling act.  When companies offer way to many products or services, it’s a sign that they’re not getting it done.

Focus and talk about the ideas and tasks that make you money.  Ignore stuff that costs you money.  Don’t talk about it.  Don’t even think about it.

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