List of Failures Pt. 1

If you haven’t read my last article, you’ll notice a lot of my articles (including ones yet to be written) materialize from catastrophes I hit in the workplace, perhaps as a result of my personality or lack of intuition. Here’s a short list of some of my largest failures to date.

Let this piece be a lesson to all the lucky few that read this. Don’t make the same mistakes I did.

To sum up all the stupid shit I did in the past few months at my company:

  1. Force the marketing team to brainstorm on spot with me about design specs. Then got complained about to my manager for wasting their time.
  • Big no no. Lesson: Give people/esp teams time to think of what they need and let them get back to you later. No one likes pressure.)

2. Led a meeting where 2 Big Stakeholders started arguing amongst each others. Couldn’t diffuse it so another person (not me) had to step in.

  • :* foot in mouth. Need to develop thicker skin, get to the root of things, and start policing meetings.

3. Thought of a diverging idea, pitched it and unsuccessfully argued for it to the Big 4 Decision Makers in the company. But because I spent too long on the task and went off topic with my idea, my task was taken away and handed to another co worker.

  • Lesson: Don’t regret this. I admit, that stung. But it was the first time I really stood up for an idea. Though I could have used more sound research, perhaps used a different channel to insert the idea, or MAYBE…I need to take the effort to understand the current state of the product and the vision more appropriately.

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In the next few months, this list will double in size.

At the end of the day, it’s worth it to think about why did things go wrong and to learn from our mistakes. It’s also worth it to take a few minutes to reflect on how we can become better.

The goal: Become the wisest and awesomest person you could possibly be.

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