Today’s post is about failure, which is different than regret. (Regret is tomorrow.)
Failure is all about doin it wrong — and good lord, I did it wrong in 2010.
- I failed at monetizing my old blog. I sold Punk Rock HR but the money wasn’t really great — and it certainly wasn’t worth the hassle. It’s good to be done with the brand, but in retrospect, I did that whole deal wrong.
- I failed at writing a book. I don’t lack resources, champions, and opportunity. I lack focus, discipline, and good ideas. I need to fix this in 2011.
- I failed at running a consulting company. I discovered that social media/HR consulting is a lot of work for a very low return on investment. That’s most work, by the way. I tried a few things and none of it was very compelling or profitable. It’s an interesting lesson in what sounds awesome on paper versus what makes money. More on this in 2011.
- I failed at following through. I still owe GL Hoffman a post on goals. I still owe Jenny DeVaughn and Trish McFarlane a phone call. Sometimes I suck at meeting commitments.
- I failed at defining boundaries. I really tried to create boundaries and define my online life versus real life. In the end, I was left to blog about it. That’s the ultimate sign of failure.
- I failed at not cutting my hair. I said I wouldn’t cut my hair in 2010 and I cut it four times. I’m annoyed with my constant body dysmorphia, my narcissism, and my vanity.
My failures are inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. I didn’t start the cholera epidemic in Haiti. I didn’t (directly) mistreat pigs in a quest for cheaper bacon. I failed in small ways, but I hope to do better in the upcoming year. More importantly, I hope to have more professional ‘wins’ in 2011.