“We’ve been trained since first grade to avoid mistakes. The goal of any test, after all, is to get 100 percent. No mistakes. Get nothing wrong and you get an A right? Read someone’s resume, and discover twenty years of extraordinary exploits and one typo. Which are you going to mention first? We hire for perfect, we manage for perfect, we measure for perfect, and we reward for perfect.” — Seth Godin
Often, people sacrifice progress because they are afraid their early work won’t be perfect, and it’s not very surprising when you consider the passage above. Linchpin’s don’t do this. They recognize that perfection is simply something you strive for, knowing damn well you will never achieve it. Linchpin’s relish the joy of the journey, the process of building something, tearing it down, and rebuilding it until it’s right. Linchpins turn lots of micro successes and failures into macro achievement.
In book #4 of this challenge, we learned that “sometimes you win and sometimes you learn” is a motto that applies to high performers. Linchpin’s live this philosophy every day and according to Godin, successful people are successful for one simple reason: they think about failure differently than their peers. A linchpin believes that the road to becoming the ultimate winner is paved by the losses it took to get there.
In my last post, we talked about the power of failing forward, and this is exactly what linchpin’s do, they lose so that they can win! This type of mindset always makes me think of the famous Thomas Edison quote that goes like this “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. Do you have a mindset like Edison? When your ideas don’t work do you view that as success and a reason to move forward and persevere? If so, you are likely a linchpin, if not, it’s time to start making progress to become one.