Its not surprising that we hesitate. Starting increases the chances of ending up being wrong.
Here’s the nightmare and it’s a vivid one:
The boss finds someone who did something wrong and she hassles/disciplines/humiliates/fires her.
If you are not wrong, the above is not going to happen to you.
On the other hand, there is the other scenario:
The boss finds someone who did not start anything, who never starts, who always studies or criticizes or plays devil’s advocate, and she hassles/disciplines/humiliates/fires her.
Oh, sorry for teasing you, the above never happens. People who initiates nothing at work are hardly fired.
The typical factory-centric mindset places a premium on no-wrong, and spends no time at all weeding out those who don’t start.
In the connection economy we live in today, the innovation-focused organisation has no choice but to obsess about and weed out those who don’t start.
Today, not starting is far, far worse than being wrong. If you start, you have got a shot at evolving and adjusting, fixing and improving drip by drip. You can turn your wrong into a right. But if you don’t start, you never get a chance.
Its okay to be wrong, as long as you are improving. Keeping it safe is no longer safe anyone.
People who bring change are people who don’t fit in. Fit in long enough you become invisible. When you fear being wrong, you lose forward mobility.
If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.