If I Couldn’t Fail…

How would you do business as unusual in 2016 if you knew – no matter what you chose – you would not fail? #Quest2016 @debbiemillman

I would be profligate!


I would not be frugal with my time or my resources. I would not even be merely generous. I would give away my ideas, cast them to the winds, let them fall where they may and count on them landing in fertile soils. I would go to unrelated conferences, talk about whatever caught my fancy, throw branding out the window and worry not one little bit about target markets. I would host workshops on all the things I have ever taught, all the things I love, and all the things I need to know that other people can’t yet teach me.

I would spark conversations about alternative currencies, and new forms of equity. I would form new corporations regardless of whether I could find a lawyer who understood what I was on about. I would invent, and support, and podcast, and write, and make software, and tell a thousand stories, in faith that each of my thousand pieces would reach the people who needed them. I would sing loudly, confident that I make up with enthusiasm what I lack in technique. I would let the soft animal of my body love what it loves. (Mary Oliver, Wild Geese)

(Now my engineering mind is thinking, “Metrics! Metrics! Metrics!” And my loving heart is laughing, “How could you possibly fail at that?“)