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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Do you use the "try" construct in your logic decisions?

During a recent security assessment I was reviewing some application development standards my client had in place. One of the requirements was for developers to never use the "try" construct in their programming to make logic decisions. This struck a chord with me. I realized this is no different in real life.

As Yoda once said: "Do or do not, there is no try." I absolutely love that saying. In fact, I've all but eliminated the word "try" from my vocabulary. It's a self-limiting word that's worth nothing more than to excuse failure in advance.

If you want to do more, earn more, and accomplish more, do (notice I didn't say try) this yourself. If you eliminate the word try from your vocabulary and remind yourself of Yoda's quote (hint: post it on your desk or mirror where you see it all the time) every day, month after month and year after year, you'll get more done, impress a lot of people, and realize there's absolutely nothing you cannot do in your information security career.

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