In 2016, I was recruited to manage the lifecycle of a digital product. I was very excited, motivated and certain that the product will be successful. I believed I was sitting on a goldmine and about to release the best thing after Coca-Cola.
Days rolled into weeks, weeks into months and months into years. “My” product was launched but did not have the traction and commercial value we envisaged.
I can not count the number of strategy sessions, consultations with business/product giants, tweaks and updates we went through.
Painfully, the journey also attracted “insults” and condescending comments. I have always been a “star staff” within my first three (3) months in any organisation I joined, but this was an exception.
I felt like a failure, although the circumstances were not totally within my control. But I thought failed.
The past week has been an emotional one for me, I have had to bade farewell to some of my colleagues turned family. This is because my organisation had to tweak her Operating model and “shut down” a business division. It was more like, “we raise our hands, we missed it, we thought this model will work but it didn’t”.
Strolling to my office few days ago, I laughed hard at myself and considered it “stupid” to think I was a failure because of a failed product. It dawned on me that failure is not failure but “discovery of an unfruitful path”.
Don’t be too hard on yourself when you seemingly fail; relax, take learnings, detach sentiments, realign and ACT.
In the next few days I will be sharing my learnings and observations from last week’s incident.
In the meantime, You are not a failure – You are a STUDENT!