I like this post by Seth so much that I had to re-blog it:
“This is why internet successes fade. This is why amateur salespeople so often fail to become professionals. This is why one-off sports analogy stories make no sense. Successful at the beginning blinds us to the opportunity to get really good instead of merely coasting.
The only thing more sad than the self-limiting arrogance of the confusion between lucky and good is the pathos of the converse: confusing ungood with unlucky.
Most people with a big idea, great talent and/or something to say don’t get lucky at first. Or second. Or even third. It’s so easy to conclude that if you’re not lucky, you’re not good. So persistence becomes an essential element of good, because without persistence, you never get a chance to get lucky.”
“The next time you catch yourself being average when you feel like quitting, realize that you have only two good choices: Quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers.” - Seth Godin, The Dip
Anyone that knows me knows that I’m greatly influenced by Seth Godin. One of the ideas he often talks about is the concept of “shipping.” Shipping is getting work done and out the door to consumers. More importantly, he believes we should ship OFTEN and CONSTANTLY. No matter what your occupation or industry is.
This isn’t necessarily an excuse to do lousy work, but more about getting stuff done quickly and in the hands of your market as soon as it does what it needs to do. Then when a new project comes around get that ready and shipped quickly also.
But why is shipping so effective? The first reason is that it is a way of constantly testing your product. You ship, listen to the feedback on what went right and what went wrong, and then you’re ready to implement for the next time you ship. On an on, constant steady improvement with objective feedback(aka sales).
The second reason, and just as important in my eyes, is because shipping tells a story. More specifically, it tells YOUR story. We can trace the story of Apple by looking at their catalog of products starting with the Apple I computer and continuing up to the present day. Both the successes and the failures. This blog is another example. It may not be perfect, but it represents me at this moment in my evolution. My story.
Humans are suckers for stories, we like to see/hear every step in the struggle. Gory or glorious. Because that’s what’s required to tell a story, and that’s what creates a brand. A story. Not just a beginning and an end.