Why positive thinking works – in my opinion, anyway.

I saw an an article on Seth Godin’s blog about positive thinking. Godin makes the valid point that people who think positively tend to succeed more, in part because their confidence means they don’t second-guess themselves. You can easily waste a lot of energy debating what to do.

A point that Seth didn’t cover is that positive thinking means it’s more likely you will attempt something new: if you feel you can accomplish a task, you’re more likely to try. Sometimes, when you try something new, you will succeed. Other times you will fail. When you fail, there’s a chance you will learn – and learning makes it easier to succeed next time.

One of the key take aways of agile development for me is “experiment, and fail early”. Fail early, fail often, fail cheaply. And learn every time.

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Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 18 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 16 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

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