It's been eightish months since my last post. Clearly I didn't ship.
I would call that a failure. It's not a failure because I couldn't do something. It's a failure because I didn't do it when I could have.
Failure is always an option. – Adam Savage
I hate failing. You hear the mantra of “fail early and fail often” all of the time these days. This isn't the failure they are talking about. I didn't even show up.
To have tried and failed is an admirable thing. It builds character. I was listening to a Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, talk yesterday and he was comparing his style of trying to attract a girlfriend in high school with that of a friend of his. He would find one girl and steel up the courage..after weeks.. to go up and ask the girl to be his girlfriend. And inevitably every time he tried, he got shot down. His friend went and asked 20 girls a day to be his girlfriend. Eventually one of them would give in. Without having any discussions about the quality of the relationship, who did the best? His friend of course.
My goal for now is to get one post up per week. That of course means attempting to write at least three to even get to the point of having a post good enough to post. I can do it.
See you next week!
Alnoor Cassim says
I took note of your impressive tag line / by line about always reserving the right to be wrong. (I’ll have to quiz you about something on a leap year day.)
No matter how often (or not) you may have a failure to ship you will have that at least.
The Scott Adams analogy is impressive and your basis for shipping regularly but seems like a thought process hard to execute at least for me. It’s that balance of quality vs quantity we are a bit better at now that used to be 90/10 in favor of quality.
I have to make the same decision for myself for my own work blog articles else it will never materialize (I will have failed) even though I’m supposed to do one every fortnight. I’m glad you’re doing this. Maybe we can help each other.
Best of luck with your endeavor my friend. I will endeavor to provide a pithy reply when you post. Secretly I’d rather have your ability to respond with a witty rejoinder.
Have your daughter make a MUST SHIP banner reinvigorate your motivation after a couple of weeks have peeled off and normal day to day weariness kicks in.
Robert Wood says
I’ll have to remember to change the byline next year. 🙂
For me at the moment, it’s about forming the habit of getting something out there. I’m just going to have to suck it up and let a few not quality material posts go.
We can certainly try to keep each other accountable.
As for my daughter making a banner, she will have to wait until the computer she broke gets back from being repaired. #SoMuchTrouble