Skip to main content

Ian O'Byrne

The key to success is action, and the essential in action is perseverance. - Sun Yat-Sen In issue of my weekly newsletter. Subscribe at #drive


Ian O'Byrne

Some days are diamonds Some days are rocks Some doors are open Some roads are blocked - Tom Petty In this week's issue of TL;DR. Find out more at #persistence

Ian O'Byrne

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success. - James Cameron

Ian O'Byrne

January 15, 2016

2 min read

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. - James Cameron

This quote from Cameron looks at goal setting, and innovation. As we develop goals and identify opportunities for innovation, sometimes we're stuck in thinking about what could, or should be. We/I allow self-doubt in to muddle our thinking as opposed to just getting out there and making it happen.

I have experienced this over the last couple of years. In the development of the IT&DML Program, one of the challenges is that I was describing and developing things that existed in the ether. They existed only in my mind. I thought (and knew) they would be of value. But, this work, as we see in most work with technology, only exists in narratives, and descriptions. There is a need to create proof of concept and show that it actually could happen. 

Once you build it, then people can look, critique...more importantly, you can iterate. 

I've gotten to this point in my career because I've been willing to take risks, make thougtful decisions, and take that leap of faith. What I take from this quote is that I need to take that risk, develop the new pieces, and keep grinding. It may fail...but you don't know if it'll fail until you try. And...if it does're learning, iterating, and failing above the ideas and goals of others.

Ian O'Byrne

January 5, 2016

2 min read

"The notes are under your fingers, you just need to learn how to play them."

Listening to Tim Ferriss interview Jamie Foxx this morning while working out and on the way in to work.

The quote from the top is something that Jamie remembers from when he first met and worked with Ray Charles. They were talking about playing jazz music and missing a note while playing on the piano. The lesson is that you're already prepared and ready to do what it is you need to do in your life. The trick is preparing yourself and beliving in yourself to get it done.

Another quote that came up in the podcast was Jamie saying that he tries to instill in his children a sense of fearlessness in order to empower them to believe that they can achieve. He commented that he daily says to them the following:

"What's on the other side of failure? Nothing."

Many times the only thing stopping us, or holding us back is self-doubt, and a lack of belief in our abilities. We think that someone else will tell us we're wrong, stupid, or not want to read what we have to share. The truth many times is that there is nothing on the other side of failure. 

If someone yells out across a room and threatens you, or you're afraid to start up blogging, attend a class, or whatever that metaphorical tree branch is that's out there waiting for you to jump and grab it...there's nothing on the other side of that fear.

You might experience fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of ridicule. Regardless of the name, once we really unpack it...or better yet just try and make it happen...there's nothing on the other side of that fear.