I was recently asked an unusual question during an interview:
"How will you fail here?"
Before opening my mouth, I paused for a few seconds.
Plenty of companies claim they support "failing fast" and learning from failure, but how many actually provide ways in which people can productively fumble?
I answered by admitting that, at times, I may be a little too eager to execute on ideas and my impatience could end up getting the best of me.
Seemingly satisfied with my answer, he went on to talk about how he uses one simple phrase:
Love it or fix it.
I can't tell you how close I was to jumping out of my chair and giving this man a hug.
As someone who is still developing a bias towards action, I can confidently say most people complain about problems without offering up solutions.
I get it. After all, it's much easier to focus on problems instead of creating thoughtful solutions - it's the path of least resistance.
Since hearing these simple words, I have already taken steps towards identifying the parts of my life I don't love and doing something about them.
What about your life don't you love? What will you do to fix it?