Alberto Savoia, Google's first engineering manager, defines failure as anything where results don't meet expectations. Looking back in my life, there are a lot of times when my results didn't live up to my expectations.
I've been trying to change my relationship with failure. Using a growth mindset allows you to utilize your failures. I decided to make a failure journal.
This is a place for me to reflect on my failures. To learn from them. More importantly, it's a place to forgive myself for my failures. A place to help me shift focus from the past to the time I have left.
All of my lessons learned can be viewed in list form.
A Product A Month
September 22nd, 2022
Keeping pace was hard but ultimately shiny new objects pulled us away.
2020 Product Failures
December 1st, 2020
After releasing two products, I put them both to rest.
July 13th, 2020
The world isn't supposed to be fuzzy.
Not Top Talent
June 30th, 2020
I failed to make it onto Toptal and am banned for two years.
Elon's BTC Drop
June 13th, 2020
I got a little greedy and sent off some Bitcoin to a scammer.
June 1st, 2008
I never made it through high school. This is probably my biggest failure.