I’m a firm believer that it is alright to make mistakes in the workplace. It’s the best form of education – as long as you’re willing and able to afford the tuition.
The tuition comes in many forms: a financial cost, a negative impact to your career or reputation… well, you get the idea.
So, if you can’t afford to learn from your own mistakes, it could be cheaper (and safer) to learn from the mistakes of others.
As a comic-book fan, I never thought I’d take away a business lesson from comics – but here you go!
This came from WildCATS 3.0 issue 1, written by Joe Casey:
The brand is everything. It is both the information we want to communicate to the world and the information we communicate despite ourselves.
(For a good analysis on the Casey’s under-appreciated run on WildCATS, read this: WildCATS 3.0: A Look Back at a Comic Too Far Ahead of Its Time)
If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? – T.S. Eliot
H/T: Richard Branson’s blog.
I really love this definition of success by Dharmesh Shah, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, HubSpot:
“Success is making those that believed in you look brilliant.”
What a way to turn a normally inward-focused pursuit into a life-giving outward worldview!
The rest of the article from which I read this quote is awesome too: 8 Slow, Difficult Steps to Become a Millionaire.
I really love this quote… and believe it to be very true.
“A brand is a living entity – and it is enriched or undermined cumulatively over time, the product of a thousand small gestures” – Michael Eisner, Disney CEO, 1984-2005