Always liked what Tim O’Reilly has done for technology. But what I like most is that he has been driven to do what he sees as the right thing. If all he focused on was money, power and control, I suspect that we would not be having this discussion.
Still, the word Failure is a word that society is most uncomfortable with. Yet, many great things have come from failed attempts. Thomas Edison is said to have said that “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” And in the early days of IBM, a management executive made a bad decision that ended up costing one million dollars. The executive expected Tom Watson to fire him. Watson’s reply was that he just spent a million dollars training him, so he was not going to fire him. And we have all heard of how Einstein was an early failure, relegated to the Swill patent office.
Everyone I know has had ups and downs in their career. And priorities often change. But what really is success? Everyone must decide what success is to them, and not let the simplistic goals of fame, fortune, power nor money define success. Define success for yourself, and let any failures be a means of learning.
The more you are prepared, the less you need it.