We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty, instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.
~Walter E. Cole
The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
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Unfortunately, this makes us pessimists look dumb.
With apologies to Doctor Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was a minister and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking”, who I heard speak in person more than once; thanks to a “Comparative Christian Religions” Theology course required of all Engineers.
I often cite “Reinke’s Rule” (egotistically named after a fat old white guy injineer named me) which states: “Expect the worst and every surprise will be to the good side.”
This means by not expecting sunshine and lollypops, by not presuming an easy journey, one can be prepared to overcome ALL obstacles. That careful consideration before embarking allows one to fully commit to the goal and be positive you will attain it.
My 3 confirming examples comes from post-graduate education opportunities:
* I had the opportunity to get my MBA. With a bunch of co-workers. Three years at night. Fall, Spring, and Summer. No partial credit for not finishing. Completed. Piece of cake. Actually enjoyed it.
* I then had the opportunity to go to law school with the same cadre I took my MBA with. It was 6 years of the same Fall, Spring, and Summer. With real work and a bar exam. No partial credit. I declined. Of the 20 that started; only 4 finished. And, one never passed the bar. 3/20 = 15%!
* I had the opportunity to get my MS CompSci. Had to go it alone; no comrades. That was hard! Three years at night. Fall, Spring, and Summer. No partial credit for not finishing. Completed.
Upon reflection, I should have gone to Law School. I regret it today.
But I wonder how I would feel if I was one of the 17 versus one of the 3?
And, when makes such a decision, one doesn’t know what costs were hidden along the way. Six summer vacations come to mind.
So, I’ll stick with “Reinke’s Rule”. You OTOH have follow your own paradigms and memes. YMMV!
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