There are numerous obstacles we face in our careers.  The day-to-day things that we dread can be a source for complaining and even whining.  However, learning from challenges is one trait of being a better developer.  In a season with an unlucky number (thirteen), it seems like a perfect time to focus on a glass-half-full approach to the monotony we face.

Not Just Drudgery

There is a notable difference between accepting that we have tough or “bad” days and taking a positive view of those tasks.  While we all have to face activities that we do not enjoy or are downright drudgery, we can change that into learning from challenges.  This season is focused on taking that approach.

Momentum of Attitude

While this season has a focus that is good in any situation, it can also be one that leads to better things.  There is a momentum that comes from our attitude.  When we are in a positive frame of mind, we are more likely to focus on positives.  When we have a negative attitude, we will find ways to suck the life out of the room.  These situations are not just about finding a win within a loss.  There is a cost to a negative approach emotionally and even physically.  On the other hand, a positive attitude and the related lift of spirit can provide a physical boost.  Why not start on the right foot?

He Who Hesitates Is Lost

There is an old phrase that “he who hesitates is lost.”  This phrase might seem like it only applies to a particular case or only in some situations.  However, it applies more often than you might think.  Our life is full of “windows of opportunity.”  Those windows are only available for a limited amount of time, so stepping back and worrying about things (a negative approach) can turn into missed opportunities.  We will find more success when we embrace that it is possible than when we assume we will fail. 

This season is more than a focus on the power of positive thinking.  We will see how the challenges we face can help us fill out a highly desired resume.

Episode Challenge: Review recent work discussions. Was your focus on the positives or the negatives?  What is your tendency in viewing challenges?

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Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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