Some days you’re just holding on. By the skin of your teeth… hoping that no one notices your top is on inside out and you’ve only shaved the front of your legs because you didn’t have enough time or razor sharpness and who cares you’ll be sat most of the day and no one will see the back. And what you thought was an eyelash on your contact lens may actually be the start of a scary facial twitch that just won’t go until you get maybe 5 minutes to yourself locked in the bathroom with your head between your knees taking deep breaths. I have a lot of these days. I’m pleased to say that today wasn’t one.
Well it kinda was one, but i didn’t mind having my top on backwards ( its a scoop neck so no one noticed) and I didn’t have to lock myself in the bathroom. I just lit up the lovely candle I got at my women’s circle and breathed deeply whilst taking a moment to ponder the wisdom at the top of the my new notepad “Don’t Fuck This Up”. . . indeed. I shall try very hard not to and even if I do – whats the worst that could happen?
Thomas Edison went through 10,000 prototypes before he got the light bulb right. Did he see those as 10,000 failures coming rapidly on the heels of each other? Failure after failure after failure grinding him down until he was nothing but a sad little mess crying into his scented candle that he was a hopeless waste of space and nothing he would ever do would ever work? No he didn’t and he didn’t view it as failure either he said “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” He reasoned that through trial and error, experimentation and learning from every howling mistake you make you will inch ever closer to getting it right. That every failure is in fact a tiny glimmer of part of the solution, part of getting it right. Every potential customer who says “Nope, not for me” lets you hone down your target market, let’s you identify the people who will say “Hell Yes! Sign me Up” . Every person that complains that you didn’t do quite what they asked is the opportunity to go back and review your quotation process so you can ensure that next time you ask the right questions, so they do get what they want – or you can see that they want the moon on a stick and you can tell them to poke it.