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๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ

Occasionally, a solitary failure can be disastrous. I first heard the idea of a โ€œ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ซ๐žโ€ in DevOps where a single node breaking in an area without redundancy can shut down the whole system.

In startups, most single points of failure are obvious โ€“ product doesnโ€™t work, lack of fit in the market, and weak leadership are some examples.


However, another single point of failure is deceptive - the one client which propels the company into success.


If the largest client is responsible for an outsized portion of revenues, that's a liability.


If you have a particular client growing in revenues, itโ€™s tempting to cheer, but you must ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.


In this case, and in fact any time things seem to be going well, push yourself to ask these questions:


"๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘˜๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐ผ ๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘œ๐‘–๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š?" and


"๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘”๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘  ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘ ?"


Embrace success but also question what could happen next. Many failure stories include wonderful accomplishment along the way.


Photo by Bryson Hammer who can be found here: https://bit.ly/3szaMzy

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