Today, I came across a bit of sincere brilliance from Leah Reich that pushed me to publish the first post here.
Along with Mike Monteiro, Leah co-hosts Let’s Make Mistakes, a podcast from the Mule Radio Syndicate about design for practicing professionals.
Though it was nearly a week ago over the Thanksgiving holiday that I decided to launch Hedgehoggery.org and it’s sister site, Foxish.org, it’s the later that has received all the attention. I even found the time to make a swell icon for that site!
But here I’ve been been stymied, obsessing about just what it is that constitutes a one big thing versus what constitutes one of the many (presumably little) things.*
While I reserve the right to change my mind later, I think it’s no stretch to say that Leah’s comments (starting at 28:15) count as a single defining idea that you can relate everything to as you confront the world. If you framed all your decisions this way, you might not do too badly:
…That’s true of a lot of the endeavors that we keep telling ourselves to undertake whether it’s I’ll get up and speak when I’m not so nervous, or I’ll blog when I have something really important to say. Or when I’m ready to write a lot. Or, I’ll say this when I feel like somebody’s going to listen to me…I think we all do that…we all sit there and say this thing that I have to do, I can only do it if I do it perfectly. I can only do it if I’m going to get up there and I’m going to wow everyone.
…You getting nervous? Or you making a mistake? It’s not the end of the world. You have to just keep going. You have to just step out there.
Sometimes, the most important part is the screwing up…Fuck up some really important things because then you’ll learn and you’ll keep going and you’ll improve and then you’ll evolve and you’ll probably keep standing and just laugh. I don’t think you really learn to pull yourself out of a bind until you fuck up big time.
More by Leah here
There’s a short post over on Foxish about the demise of the Hedgehogs among us by Vikram Mansharamani which goes into more details about the difference between the two, their pairing’s origin in the ancient world, and the defining essay by Berlin in the 60s.
I have another post planned that goes into what you can expect to find on this blog over the coming weeks.