It means that instead of trying to be perfect the first time you do something, you simply aim to get better over time. You want your second try to be better than your first one, your third try to be better than your second one, and so on. This way you will eventually achieve your goal.
Why Iteration Works
1. You won’t be afraid to start.
Mark Twain once said that the secret of getting ahead is getting started. But it’s often hard to get started. Why? Because you know you could fail, and that fear could hinder you from even starting.
Iteration works because it gives you the permission to fail. You don’t have to succeed right away, so you won’t be afraid to start.
2. You will be less disappointed in case of failure.
It’s hard to maintain enthusiasm when you are disappointed.
This method makes you more ready to handle failures. A failure won’t take your enthusiasm away because you know that it’s just a part of the process.
3. You will learn more.
Since your goal is to get better, you will actively seek lessons to learn. You will learn more as a result.
How to Apply It
Knowing the benefits, here are some ideas on how to apply this method:
*.Start soon. It could take many iterations to succeed, so the sooner you start the better. Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you start.
*.Invest just enough. Don’t invest all of your resources right away. Instead, invest just enough and spare the rest for future iterations. The resources here include your time, money, and energy.
*.Do your best. Just because you expect many more iterations ahead doesn’t mean you may work carelessly. Always do your best.
*.Be ready for failure. This is not being pessimistic. This is preparing your mind so that you won’t be too disappointed when failure happens.
*.Learn the lessons. After an iteration, always ask yourself: how can I get better next time? How can I improve myself? Find the lessons and apply them to your next iteration.
*.Iterate quickly. The faster you iterate, the better. If it takes too much time between iterations, your progress will be too slow. So do your next iteration as soon as possible.