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Deconstructing Management Maxims, Volume II by Kevin Wayne

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CHAPTER 4

Worrying is Counterproductive

Optimistic bias can be both a blessing and a risk, you should be both happy and wary if you are temperamentally optimistic.

—Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Fear of competition, fear of bankruptcy, fear of being wrong and fear of losing can all be powerful motivators.

—Andy Grove, Only the Paranoid Survive

You may recall the hit song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. The song implied that worrying made no sense and only led to more personal stress. Whatever it is that worries you, relax, it will pass soon enough.

McFerrin was right about the passing part. Nearly everything that stresses us is temporary to some extent, including that report your boss wants by 5:00 p.m.; your new product ...

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