Tag: Will Rogers

“I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklin Bridge than the one who sold it.” – Will Rogers

You’re going to screw up.  It’s wired into your DNA.  You don’t have perfect information and a boundless amount of time. Mistakes will happen.  Bad decisions will be made.  Then there are the tough decisions that have to be made, which end up hurting people.  Like when you have to downsize or invite a bad hire to exit the bus.

But there’s one thing that should never be questioned, for sale or otherwise discounted.  That’s your integrity.  Tough decisions can hurt everyone, including you but you must make them for the good of the customer and the sustainability of the company.  You may not be able to make the right decisions all the time but you have to try to make them for the right reasons.

It won’t make sleeping that night any easier but when you look back, you’ll be able to say “it was a good ride”.


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“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

Technical people can get “analysis paralysis” when developing technology.  It’s better to release early and iterate like crazy.  If the problem you are solving is big enough, and it should be, then you run the risk of your competitor beating you to the marketplace.  Then you have to steal their customers which is harder to do.

Don’t develop the perfect product.  It will be too expensive and someone else will get there first.  Develop the product that is good enough and solves the most important thing.