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Pursuing Failure - 80% of the time it works every time

Alex Chaveriat
Alex Chaveriat
Good Enough > Perfection
Sometimes pushing out crap is the best way forward. I have this feeling towards websites, especially personal websites. They are never perfect. But if you don’t just go for it, you can’t get the precious feedback to improve.
Perfection Prevents Progress
80/20 rule, the Pareto Principle, it goes by many names. Generally, it means that 80% of consequences or outcomes come from 20% of causes or effort. This is applied to coding and profitability, 80% of sales come from 20% of clients and 20% of the code has 80% of the errors.
You need feedback!
It is hard to know what the 20% of effort is that drives the 80% of results. While researching and planning can help, it also stops forward momentum and progress - inertia is one of the strongest forces in the universe and once you start you don’t want to stop.
This is why pursuing feedback is important - it forces you to put your work out there and it helps you improve it. Creating feedback loops that help you understand the issues, perspectives, problems, insights, etc. Collect that feedback and iterate and improve. Here is the issue - if you want that essential feedback you need to put your work out there, toss it on a website, social media, coworkers, skilled teacher, or anyone. Not all feedback is of equal value, though that data can help you continue to iterate and continuously improve.
Publishing work before it feels perfect is hard. Though each time you publish, it becomes easier.
What project have you been holding back?
Have an awesome day and hack on!
😌 My Quote of the Week
““Data! data! data! I can’t make bricks without clay.””
– Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches - a Sherlock Holmes Short Story
Feedback is important to become better
🤘 My Favorite Things This Week
Completed Major Milestone - It is not often I can brag about project at Tuik (my security firm); however, this one I can. One of my projects is the PathCheck open-source GAEN-mobile application; the largest contract tracking application in the world. We build out a security feature called “chaff” that creates “fake” positive results to hide when real ones occur. It continues to be a challenging and awesome project building a contract-tracing that prioritizes security and privacy over everything else.
🚽 Things That Are Gross
Sick - My voice is gone and I feel like junk. Though I really want to do a video - so there is a good chance you will get to hear me sick haha. 🤘
🎥 YouTube Videos This Week
How I do self-love… *giggle*
How I do self-love… *giggle*
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Alex Chaveriat
Alex Chaveriat @alexchaveriat

Hey-o, I'm Alex, or Silk among the hacking community. I'm a hacker, information security geek, father, coffee snob, YouTuber, Chief Innovation Officer, DEF CON goon, and I pursue failure. Failing often and failing better each time. Every week I write about that pursuit, stories, and what I am learning on the journey. Hope you enjoy and hack on.

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