I came across this slide deck from Tara Hunt CEO of Buyosphere titled The 10 Mistakes I’ve made… so you don’t have to. It’s fantastic Tara has shared her mistakes in this way as hopefully it can stop others from making the same ones. It’s not a short deck at 69 slides but if you have 20 mins its really worth flicking through them.
Making mistakes is inevitable. I hopefully have many years ahead of me but at 24 I’ve already made enough mistakes to fill a book with more pages than the last Harry Potter. Making mistakes is the quickest way to learn – fact!
We have all been doing it from an early age, take for example a child who touches a boiled kettle, they should now know not to do again but of course thats a painful way of learning and the usual way for the child to learn is by learning from the mistakes of others i.e. the parent. With a startup its the same you can learn from the mistakes of others or do things the painful way and make the mistakes yourself. If you do make them yourself I think that’s no bad thing; in my book mistakes are only a bad thing if you don’t learn from them.