Fail fast – succeed quickly

A phrase I read in one of my client’s ezines this week.
I especially reflected on how often we do not fail fast enough – we know that a business or a relationship isn’t working – and yet we sustain an increasingly futile and complex effort to find a solution. Why?
Because we are either too proud, too scared, too busy or too tired to make the tough decision and move on.
I lost a business in 1993 because I didn’t fail fast enough – and it cost me the rest of my assets, including our family home.
When you know something is fundamentally failing and when you have exhausted the solutions that do not cause you anguish – then its time to fail – and to congratulate yourself for making the right decision, even though it may not seem like it at the time.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.