Thursday, April 30, 2009

At Some Point You Have to Act!

My team is currently looking at completely overhauling our development environment. One of our tasks is to evaluate some tools that may help us convert some things from one platform to the other. There's one guy on the team who has been taking the lead on this part of the project and sent out his recommendation the other day. Someone else on the team is actually quite familiar with some of the different tools available and was really wondering what it was about this particular tool the made it the recommended choice. That's when I heard this;

"I was just wondering, have you actually tried any of these tools out yet?"

You can do all the research and read all the studies and recommendations and reviews you want. At some point, though, you have to try something. Most all of these tools offer a 30-day trial download. Pick one, download it, and see if it works. Then do it with another one. Then another one.

We have been so conditioned that if you try something and you fail, then you must be a failure. Sorry folks, it doesn't work that way. If you truly want to be successful, truly want to innovate and create, you have to try, fail, try, fail, and keep trying until you get it right. Richard Marcinko, the Rogue Warrior, said, "Don't be afraid to make mistakes, the path to glory is littered with fuck-ups!" Think about it. He's absolutely right.

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