In Defense of Proper Flakery

Flakes. Corn flakes, but still...flakes.

Are you a flake? Sometimes I feel like I am, and I think, in the right way, that can be a very useful and powerful thing.

I recently posted about my new “Show Your Work” strategy (If you missed it, you can read the post by clicking here).

I almost didn’t write and send that though because I thought, “well, I feel like I am trying some new strategy every few months and people will think I am a flake.”

And you know what? They might. Heck, you might! 🙂

Being a flake can be a very bad thing if it comes down to flaking out on things and being unreliable, not doing what you say you will, missing deadlines, etc. 

But when it comes to trying things out, testing strategies, digging deeper into what you truly want and should be pursuing, being a “flake” is a fantastic strategy.

In improv, I talk a lot about the “AAA” strategy: Act, Analyze, Adjust. Take an action. Analyze what worked and what didn’t. Based on that, make an adjustment. Then act, analyze, adjust again. Then again. Then again…

This is a great way to get started, make rapid progress, and figure things out. 

It is also a way for the outside world, especially in a world where grit, tenacity, consistency, stick-to-it-iveness, et al, are highly valued and preached.

Those things are great. But not if you are sticking to the wrong things. 

So I will be fine to be considered a flake by those who don’t know. And my current experiment is a 60-90 day run of “showing my work.” And who knows, after that it may be something completely different. In either case, I hope you join me and enjoy the journey...

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