Obsolete your best work.

You solved a big problem in a meaningful way; you made a big improvement in something important; you brought new thinking to an old paradigm; you created something from nothing. Unfortunately, the easy part is over. Your work created the new baseline, the new starting point, the new thing that must be made obsolete.  So now on to the hard part:  to obsolete your best work

You know best how to improve your work, but you must have the right mindset to obsolete it.  Sure, take time to celebrate your success (Remember, you created something from nothing.), but as soon as you can, grow your celebration into confidence, confidence to dismantle the thing you created. From there, elevate your confidence into optimism, optimism for future success. (You earned the right to feel optimistic; your company knows your next adventure may not work, but, hey, no one else will even try some of the things you’ve already pulled off.)  For you, consequences of failure are negligible; for you, optimism is right.

Now, go obsolete your best work, and feel good about it.

5 Responses to “Obsolete your best work.”

  • Phil Sallaway:

    Great stuff….if you don’t obsolete it your competitor will soon enough. Better you than them.

  • I agree 100%, nothing wrong with replacing your great work from last year with even better work from this year, no need to wait for the competition to catch up with you.

  • Tejal:

    A very Practical approach.will help to move on for new adventures always.

  • We toiled. We created. And we abandoned. It is like bringing up a child only to find that it moves away from you as a grown up man. This phenomenon seems to have happened at least one time in every designer’s life. After reading this blog, I was chatting with some of my designer buddies, who felt the same way.

  • Mike:

    Great analogy. Though our designs don’t take as long to grow as our children, the commonalities are there. Mike

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