You showed up to the meeting with that thing you worked on, and you presented it with conviction. The room fell silent. Then someone on the team said, “I’m not sure this is what we’re going for.” Uh oh. The thing you made isn’t the thing the team needs.
Especially when you’re new, opportunities for people to tell you that you’re off the mark and then–and this is critical–work with you to find the mark are valuable. They turn head-nodding into collaboration, and collaboration is almost never not good.
Our work is being perfected. Let’s not expect it to emerge from our brilliance fully-formed and gleaming like an iPhone prototype. If that’s what we’re waiting for we’ll never do anything that matters. Let’s make stuff our people need, share it, and then work together to fix it.
That’s a life right there.