William Liao

July 7, 2021

Fail more often

“If I’m working hard, I’m wrong almost every single day — sometimes several times a day.” — Seth Godin 

We seldom get things right for the first time. 

If you look at most of the success stories (learning to ride a bike, building a product, etc) follow several steps that look like this: 

  1. Try, fail, learn. 
  2. Apply learnings, try, fail, learn some more. 
  3. Apply learnings, try, fail, learn some more.
  4. Apply learnings, try, fail, learn some more.
  5. Apply learnings, try, fail, learn some more.
  6. Apply learnings, try, succeed. 

If you want to get to step 6, you need to go through steps 1–5 (or however many steps it takes) first. 

Failing and learning isn’t something to avoid, it’s more often a prerequisite to producing the best work possible.