Question, breath, ponder and return
Hindsight is 20/20. The importance of spending the time to look back at what worked, what didn’t, why it worked and why it didn’t is important. It is hard to not beat yourself up over mistakes, at least I can’t help myself, but I want to believe I am getting better at questioning more in the moment, giving myself time to breathe and ponder before returning to the issue at large.
I am in the midst of a few projects. There were red flags in one particular area and I saw them but as many do in the moment, you just make it work. When I started to get some space, I started to hear from other people stories that confirmed what I knew. There was also a point where there was a swell of voices around me saying enough is enough but I was in too deep. Reality is you are never in too deep to make a change.
Time and time again I have heard from Founders after they had parted ways with someone in their company after trying to make it work. What happened after making that move is people inside the company breathe a sigh of relief. The stories begin to come out including the discovery of what was left in that person’s wake and as a Founder, you ask yourself “how come nobody said anything”?
Maybe it is age, maybe it is becoming more self-aware but I learned a lot from this past experience. Not that I won’t make the same mistake again but at least next time I will force myself to step back in the moment vs just holding on to the end. You can always change horses.