Making Better Mistakes

Sometimes I’m looking at Flickr photos of people I’m friends with and I think to myself, “Man, I wish my photos looked like this.”

Thing is, when I go back and look through my photos I do have shots that look like the ones I’m admiring. I flagged them as losers and didn’t do anything with them.

It doesn’t have to be photos – it can be anything you write, make, build. Anything you create.

Why is that? Is it imposter syndrome?

The other day at work I was going through my company’s web site. I always look at it with a critical eye. I can’t help it. The website is something I help breathe life into, shape, build.

All I can see is the flaws. The areas I hate and want – need – to tear down and rebuild.

But that day I also spent some time looking at our competitors and partners sites – really looking at them. Content, design, photography, branding, UX… everything top to bottom. And I saw that we are actually in a great spot and that made me feel better about the mountain of work that I see

It’s so easy to be critical of your own work. I know I do good work, but all I can see are the misses. I don’t think there is a way to get over that.

But I don’t think I’d want to get over that. It’s the driver to be better next time. Make mistakes. Learn from those mistakes. Then make better mistakes.

Hi, I'm Mike. I'm From the Internet.

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