I love Ira Glass’ message here about knowing what’s good, and knowing it takes a lot of hard work to get there.
Here in Silicon Valley it is easy to get sucked into the mantra of “Fail Early and Often”. I get what that means, and generally agree with the idea, but I have long been troubled by the phrase’s lack of an explicit positive goal. Taken at face value, we are telling ourselves to always Fail! I see dozens of foolhardy startups around here for whom Failure seems the most obvious, likely outcome, thanks to a lack of business acumen or shear arrogance. “Bubbles” are built on the backs of folks content to keep Failing.
The better message, in my mind, is “Never be satisfied, never give up.” My new company enshrines this in our corporate value “We’re never done.”