“Is it better to do nothing?”


The alternative to failure, courtesy of (that man, again) Seth Godin.

It is a costly, occasionally, lonely, painful and demoralising path to tread when you are challenging, not just, the status quo but dearly held belief systems ESPECIALLY when the bases of the beliefs have been shown to be flawed, the tools and techniques inadequate for successful deployment in a changed environment…   

 

 

“What would you have me do instead?”

To the critic who decries a project as a worthless folly, something that didn’t work out, something that challenged the status quo and failed, the artist might ask,

“Is it better to do nothing?”

To the critic who hasn’t shipped, who hasn’t created his art, anything less than better-than-what-I -have-now appears to be a waste. To this critic, progress should only occur in leaps, in which a fully functioning, perfected new device/book/project/process/system appears and instantly and perfectly replaces the current model.

We don’t need your sharp wit or enmity, please. Our culture needs your support instead.

Each step by any (and every) one who ships moves us. It might show us what won’t work, it might advance the state of the art or it might merely encourage others to give it a try as well.
To those who feel that they have no choice but to create, thank you.

I’m sure it was Lord Tennyson who wrote about it being better to have loved and lost, etc. This little poem by Edgar A Guest, put things pretty well too:

‘Tis better to have tried in vain,
Sincerely striving for a goal,
Than to have lived upon the plain
An idle and a timid soul.

‘Tis better to have fought and spent
Your courage missing all applause,
Than to have lived in smug content
And never ventured for a cause.

For he who tries and fails may be
The founder of a better day;
Though never his the victory,
From him shall others learn the way

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