Eric Barker at Barking Up the Wrong Tree discusses a new book by Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen: How Will You Measure Your Life? Christensen’s book is about using business strategy to manage your personal career, but the principles are easily adapted to dating.
It turns out that 93% of businesses start out doing one thing and changing course because the original idea wasn’t viable.
Professor Amar Bhide showed in his Origin and Evolution of New Business that 93 percent of all companies that ultimately become successful had to abandon their original strategy— because the original plan proved not to be viable.
In other words, successful companies don’t succeed because they have the right strategy at the beginning; but rather, because they have money left over after the original strategy fails, so that they can pivot and try another approach.
The key concept here is pivot. If something’s not working for you, you need to be prepared to change things up. Are you happy in a relationship? Or did that cute guy you liked turn out to be kind of a douche? Not viable?
Time to change direction. How will you amend your strategy? You’ve learned some things about your target market and yourself. How can you put that information to good use to avoid making the same mistake again? For example, you may add the following parameters when assessing a potential mate: