If you’re part of a startup, I believe that your success might actually be defined by whether you are willing to be inconsistent. This means that actually changing your mind is not just a good trait as Jeff Bezos has mentioned, but “staying consistent” might actually be the reason your startup fails.For a startup, the benefits of mental flexibility may be more immediately obvious and measurable than for larger organizations, but, and I don’t think Joel is implying otherwise, it is just as critical in the leaders at Fortune 500 companies. The part that I think often goes unmentioned is that you should dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to your convictions. Just allow yourself the room to change those convictions from time to time.
Fast on the heels of last week’s discussion of inconsistency is a post from Joel Gascoigne outlining his own rich history of inconsistency and attendant success, where he takes the lesson a step further: