Sunday, February 23, 2014

On Trying - Adam Van Koeverden (Wed 19 Feb 2014)

Pacifc Dragons Premier Mixed Crew - CNY / Darling Harbour (Sat 08 Feb 2014)

Adam Van Koeverden (*) writes:
Trying to be the best in the world is innately audacious. That’s what makes these competitions so insanely exciting. Our athletes are willing to put themselves on the line, and do the most admirable thing. Try. They will sweat, bleed, gasp and cry, to try and get our maple flag up on the top spot and have them play our national anthem.

When our athletes win, it won’t be fate (*) or a fulfillment of any destiny (*). The Canadian Olympic team has what it takes and they give their everything, everyday. They’ll win because they tried, and were the best.

So, I’m making a pledge. I am dispensing with any predestined expectation (*) and prediction (*), but I’m going to do a heck of a lot more than hope (*). I’m putting my confidence (*) in them. And I hope that helps.
via Hope, Pressure and Expectation: Finding a Winning Combination (*) by Adam Van Koeverden (*).

A post (*) I will read again and again. It gives so much clarity to everything around trying to do something.


  1. It may be different from sports, but I will share it anyway ... i have spent the last 20 days trying to improve the speed of our integration tests at work. They ran for more than 4 and a half hours and this was a stumble stone for continuing with automatic testing even if everyone agreed that it is a good thing. I was guided by a german saying "Wenn Du dran glaubst, dann musst Du wagen" (If you believe, risk it) and broke it down to 2 hours. Now the DB and test preparation operations take no more time anymore and the developers may check their code for inappropriate algorithms. Mission accomplished. Believe(!), work(!) and everything else will be just fine.

  2. Hi Uwe, Thanks for the comments. Always great to hear from you regarding your own experiences, Totally understand what you are saying and have undergone a similar software related experience. It was matter of putting up with something that got an answer the first time or taking the risk to make it better, quicker and more repeatable the next time. It was worth risk, though after a lot of late nights, it was half a day late (always the risk with software). The benefit is that it now does the job brilliantly. Love that German saying. Regards to All .. Geoff