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I ask myself: "What is the worst that could happen?"
Usually, in real life, it's still not going to be the worst thing I had imagined.
Still, just to be sure, I make a mindmap with all the possible problems and how I'd overcome them in case they do happen. Basically, I make simple risk management on a personal (or project-related) level. That way, I can handle emergencies with calm and be prepared when others were overly optimistic and just hoped for the best outcome without questioning.
Face your monster - and you could find out that it was just a little bunny projecting a scary shadow on the wall. Expect the best, be prepared for the worst. (old sayings)
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