I was on a teleseminar the other day hosted by David Wood, author of the book Get Paid for Who You Are (a great introduction to the idea of creating a business around what you already know and are passionate about – pick up your own copy here).
And on that call, Jeffrey Hayzlet of Kodak shared a tenet of the business philosophy behind Kodak. This kind of statement is a bit surprising coming from such a large corporation.
At Kodak, they follow the motto FAST.Focus Accountability Simplicity Trust
And they follow it with the tag line: “Even if we screw up, let’s do it faster.”
While research and having an idea of where you are going is a good thing, most of us – even large corporations – get stuck in the quick-sand of making it perfect before moving ahead.
This mindset is a time waster.
Consider this for a minute: the computer you are using right this very minute is radically different than the first computer that was released to the public. (Remember the Commadore 64 and Apple 2e – neither one of them had a hard drive – every program had to run off a floppy disk – there’s more computing power in your cell phone than in those two computers combined!)
If those geeks who first envisioned the idea behind the computer waited until they had it perfected before sharing it with the world, we would still be waiting!
Inside your head is an idea that the world is waiting for. Get it out there making a difference.
Accept that products, programs, and even ideas, change over time.
It is part and parcel of the process. Let go of it needing to be perfect.
Instead, try my version of FAST:Focus on what the customer actually needs Remain Accountable to your commitments Create something Simple to use Trust that the process is unfolding as it should
And then take action. Create. Publish. Adjust as necessary. Repeat. You will be successful FASTER than ever you thought possible.