Fail Cheaply and Early2:07 with Devin O'Bryan
Getting your content in front of those you trust is important. Knowing the right way to do this is just as important.
Critique -- a method of disciplined, systematic study of a written or oral discourse.
When I was in college, I first heard the phrase fail early, fail fast, 0:00 and fail often, where the moral of the story was about 0:05 learning quickly from mistakes and recovering. 0:09 Then when I became a working professional, I started hearing a similar but 0:12 more business-driven iteration, fail early and fail cheaply. 0:16 I found out that cheap didn't necessarily mean the monetary cost. 0:21 It turns out, there's a ton of ways you can be thrifty in failure. 0:26 For instance, time or effort can be associated with the cost in question. 0:30 Smartest way to do this when building a portfolio would be to enlist the help of 0:36 others to weigh in on your presentation's message through power of critique. 0:41 Critique is a method of disciplined, 0:47 systematic study of a written or oral discourse. 0:50 Basically, it's allowing others to see your work and comment on it. 0:55 Those commenting could be friends, colleagues, 1:00 those with similar backgrounds to your potential future employers. 1:03 And yes, even family members. 1:07 You should ask them questions like is it really coming across as something that 1:10 represents me? 1:14 Or is my message clear? 1:15 Keep in mind, the point of you showing your work isn't for 1:18 validation as much as it is to make sure you're being effectively represented. 1:23 The moment your grandma tells you she dislikes the color blue 1:29 you chose on your mobile portfolio, it's the moment 1:33 you need to steer the conversation back to whether your narrative makes sense. 1:37 After all, the reason you're asking them is because you know they're going to be 1:42 honest with you about the clarity of your message and if it aligns with who you are. 1:48 You'll wanna do this early and fairly often in the process, 1:53 all while you're prototyping using cheap tools like pen and paper, or 1:58 frameworks that allow you to make rapid changes effortlessly. 2:02
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