On Getting It Wrong

As I shared last week, I’m spending more time working on a few of the communication channels that we’re intentionally using to connect and understand our community.

It’s been fun, frustrating, and a definite learning curve—and I do love to learn.

One of the tools that I’m most excited about is engaging heavily in our YouTube channel with the focus on education: I want to learn about who our community is and I also want to share what I’m learning (and what I’ve learned) with you all as well.

As a life-long learner and educator, I love those moments of real inspiration—you know, that “Aha!” or eureka moment where someone finally gets it.

(Which, by the way, when was the last time you had one of those moments — 🤔?)

And with tools like YouTube (and Twitter) I can have access to folks, friends really, that are following this small project as we work the process—I like that, a lot. And I didn’t think I’d be back. Ever.

But, I’ve been wrong before and I’m most certainly going to be wrong in the future. I’m okay with that. If we didn’t risk we’d never see any of the reward.

What a startup does is simple, clinical even: It crushes you; it demands that you squeeze water from rock. Painfully.

If you’re not okay with being wrong then you won’t make it because that’s essentially your diet for the duration of the project.

Does that mean that you can’t move forward without confidence? Obviously not! One of my favorite mantras is “strong opinions, weakly held” — I’m going to fight for what I believe but I’m open to changing my perspective when new (and more useful!) data shows up.

Being wrong is a strength, not a weakness, especially as a startup and as a leader in one. One should look for opportunities to be proven incorrect, we should look for disagreement.

Press on.