Happy New Year!
Today is January 1st, that magical date when everyone targets their dreams, sets big goals, makes plans, swears off bad habits and declares their intent to do amazing, incredible, awesomely impossible things!
At least until sometime next month.
Or next week.
Or next tomorrow.
"Next" is when things get tough.
"Next" is when our resolution fails,
When our project fails,
When WE fail.
But in our failure is also opportunity.
A chance for creative problem solving, to re-strengthen our resolve, or to release the goal that isn't working and free our energy for a new more doable target. All of those "nexts" and failures? They're each a new beginning, the chance for a fresh start or solution. And the faster we reach them, the more of those chances we take? The better our odds are of success.
So I'm declaring 2015 a year of racing towards those "nexts".
Twenty-Fifteen is a year for Chasing Failure. You'll be seeing it cropping up over and over here, and elsewhere, as I challenge you, myself and the rest of the Quirkipreneurs to get moving, take chances, and celebrate the risks of being an entrepreneur, no matter what the results are. Because results matter; their existance is more important than their nature.
If your results are positive, as good or better than expected? Great! Tweak them and try again.
If your results are negative, and missed the target by a humiliating measure? Awesome! Evaluate. Adapt. Assess. Try again, or change course entirely.
Personally, I'll be chasing failure as fast and as far as I can. I'll be trying a lot of projects that may or may not work out. There will be experiments and ideas and screw ups and (hopefully) successes along the way. But most of all, "chasing failure" it means movement -- because seriously? we can't chase much of anything if we're standing still, gazing at our navals and wondering what we should to do "next". This "next" year is for putting things in motion, giving them a spin and waiting for them to fail, in order to find the next-next.
Even this post is an experiment in chasing failure.
I'm under the weather, and feeling like I've got a New Year's hangover, inspite of not having a drop to drink last night. This isn't the top-notch post I'd wanted to start the year with. It doesn't have the awesome, incredible entirely original illustration I'd planned. It isn't perfect. But it also isn't a failure -- it's quite servicable, in its own way. And if I'd held back from it, afraid it would suck because I'm sick? I'd have never known it was quite servicable. I needed to chase it, to get out of bed and write, something, anything -- to put things in motion.
And it must have worked, because here you are, reading the resulting blog post, and hopefully getting ready to chase your very own failures.
The Chase is On...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Disclaimer: No "Air Bunnies" were injured or harmed in the writing of this blog post.