The Beta Version of You.
One strategic shift that I’ve made when working with the Reputation Mastery concept is to replace weaknesses with bugs. Please let me explain.
Apps on our smartphones are released in a beta version with bugs that are continuously being updated. The developers are aiming for something excellent over time, and at the same time, it shows action. Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, wrote:
‘If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.’
This way of thinking could also apply to your professional growth. You could release the beta version of you, realising that you also have bugs, and then keep continuously updating yourself. The approach builds on curiosity, courage, and action, and it gives your reputation a boost.
Transforming your weaknesses into bugs is a game-changer that helps you stop associating risk with failure. When releasing something new and growing, bugs are quite natural and can be handled in different ways. Some you can live with, others you update and some you put on your stop-doing-list.
Understanding the true nature of your bugs means knowing your reputation, and it will have a significant impact on your performance.