“With our thoughts we make the world.”
When I hear a developer whine or comment that something just can’t be done and that he’s going to quit I usually say: “we are developers. we don’t handle real obstacles, the only obstacle is within ourselves. if you can think it, you can build it… it only takes time”. If we are tired I usually throw in a “weak developers stop when they are tired, real developers stop when they finish” and smile.
For most people it works, for others it’s just not enough and me telling them that “we already are what we want to become” only fires them up and focuses their anger on the closest target – me.
My experience taught me that no matter what the problem is, higher focus, structured work and a whole lot of effort will fix it (not might fix it, it will fix it). Even if it takes the whole night or the whole week, even if you have to scrap it and rewrite it from scratch – everything is possible.
So, this is what I’m going to use from now on:
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”